It is lights out for the Wellington LUX light festival tonight, with the planned start delayed until tomorrow night due to the storm.
Creative director Chris Bennewith said they did not want to encourage people to brave the weather this evening for the festival's first night and some of the artworks were in need of repairs.
Mr Bennewith, who was now driving back to Wellington from Auckland after his flight was cancelled, said they were hopeful things would improve by Saturday night.
"The damage that was done last night needs to be repaired, but the wind seems to be dying down and we're banking on the weather improving over the weekend."
The free festival includes 18 artworks spread around the waterfront and in back alleys in downtown Wellington.
A two-day symposium also due to start tonight at the City Gallery in conjunction with the festival was still likely to go ahead this evening, Mr Bennewith said.
"We're going to keep a close eye on things, but we're out there reinstalling things today and do want to keep things moving forward."
- The Dominion Post
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