The Summer City programme was launched last night with a burst of passion from one of the capital's fiercest divas.
Soul singer Vanessa Stacey provided an amorous interlude at her boatshed kissing booth for teams of scavenger hunters running around the waterfront to celebrate the programme's launch.
Ros Croad certainly felt blessed to have got a smooch from the diva:
"That was amazing - I love Vanessa. I've been waiting for this moment all my life."
Stacey will be performing with Trinity Roots at Summer City's New Year's Day Picnic at Waitangi Park when the smorgasbord of events kicks off next month.
The Wellington City Council-managed programme has been running for 33 years and has become a standout fixture in the capital's events calendar.
This year there are over 80 events - with more than 200 performers, covering everything from kids' magic shows to Pasifika and Te Ra O Waitangi, to Films by Starlight, and the Newtown Festival.
Councillor Paul Eagle, chairman of the community, sport and recreation committee, launched the programme at the City Gallery.
- The Dominion Post
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