What's on for Wellington Anniversary?

Last updated 05:00 18/01/2014

COME FLY: The Birdman competition is back. Test your 'flying invention' at the Taranaki St Wharf and Wellington Waterfront. Pictured is John Irving.

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Wellington Anniversary Weekend is here and Capital Day wants to make sure you have plenty of excuses to get out and about. Check out some of the events over the long weekend.


Where: Waitangi Park, Wellington Waterfront.

When: Today, midday till 6pm. (If wet, the festival will be held on Monday.)

How much: Entertainment is free.

all things Pasifika, the Positively Pasifika Festival is back, bringing a day of traditional Pacific food, crafts and performance to Wellington. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will be opening the event, followed by the day's MCs the Laughing Samoans, who will introduce various acts such as Rosita Vai, dance groups, Cook Island drummers and soul singer Bella Kalolo. This year the New Zealand Film Commission will be providing a cinema tent to take time out and cool down, screening Pasifika short films such as Sima Urale's Velvet Dreams and Gary Moore's A Day in the Life. There will also be hula classes, costume competitions and a free kids' activity tent to keep the little ones entertained the whole day.


Where: Civic Square.

When: Today, 11am-5pm. (Postponement date Sunday.)

How Much: Free.

Out in the Square celebrates the passing of the Marriage Equality Bill and the first summer of same-sex weddings. Join in the celebrations with performers such as New Zealand songstress Anika Moa and her band, and other entertainment for all ages. There will be local business stalls, information kiosks, games and a raffle offering over $3000 worth of prizes. As part of the festivities, Thorndon Summer Pool will be hosting the annual pool party at 7pm. There will also be an official "Wild Jungle-themed" after-party on Sunday at Ivy Bar, Cuba St, tickets available at dash.co.nz or at the door. Profits from the raffle and parties will go towards organising next year's Out in the Square events.


Where: Taranaki St Wharf and Wellington Waterfront.

When: Monday, 11am-5pm.

How much: Free.

Wellington's annual Birdman competition is back, a chance to celebrate the quirky creativity of the capital. See people compete for the most creative attempt at "flying" into the harbour off the wharf, with the categories recycling, whales, and creative costume. There will also be two music stages, food, crafts, and market stalls, kids' activities and rides. The day kicks off with the Birdkidz competition at 11am, a chance for kids to join the fun. The concert stage at Frank Kitts Park amphitheatre will feature a variety of performances, with the smaller stage on Te Papa Promenade creating a more cafe environment. Call 384-1998 for postponement or cancellation information on the day only.


Where: Soundshell, Botanic Garden.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 8pm-9.30pm.

How Much: Free.

A favourite part of Summer City, Gardens Magic is bringing a variety of rising stars of the Wellington music scene to the Botanic Garden for musical entertainment under the night sky. See Nikita the Spooky and A Circus of Men for a night of gypsy jazz and mystical folk. French for Rabbits play tomorrow night. They describe their music as hazy pop, the perfect sound for a summer evening outside. The duo are known for their melodies and lyricism and recently toured their album Claimed by the Sea around Europe.

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Where: Westpac Stadium

When: Tonight, 7.30pm.

How Much: Adults $29, children $5.

on your favourite yellow gears and support the Wellington Phoenix as they play Melbourne Victory – the team Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick used to be in charge of. former HAL team. This is round fifteen of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season and Tickets can be bought at ticketek.co.nz.

- The Dominion Post


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