Date change for Wellington fireworks show

Last updated 11:06 03/10/2013
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BIG BANG: Fireworks go off over Wellington Harbour on November 9.

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This years' Sky Show fireworks display will shift to Saturday so more people can enjoy the spectacle over Wellington Harbour.

Guy Fawkes Night (November 5) falls on a Tuesday this year, so Wellington City Council has moved the display to Saturday, November 9 in response to requests for a weekend display.

The change is effectively a trial, but it was likely the display would continue on a Saturday in future.

The council's city events manager Warrick Dent said a weekend display would be more relaxing for viewers.

‘‘People with young children can find getting to and from a mid-week event starting at 9pm difficult.

‘‘We believe that by holding the fireworks event on a Saturday we can encourage more families to attend, providing a great opportunity for more of the community to enjoy the show.”  

He also said the council could look into adding to the day, for example by creating an event to lead up to the evening display.

This year’s display will include iconic floating crane Hikitia and a soundtrack by local percussion group Strike, which will be simultaneously broadcast on Classic Hits and ZM.

The postponement date will be the following night, Sunday, November 10 at 9pm.

The Sky Show event has been a highlight since 1995, when it was developed to help firefighters at Guy Fawkes, because their workload was increasing due to fires started at private displays.

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