Lower Cuba St to host craft market

LAURA MACDONALD
Last updated 10:58 06/11/2012
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LAURA MACDONALD
MARTIN WILSON: Craft markets provide an alternative to classic retail shopping at Christmas.

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Crafts are returning to Cuba St with the street’s northern block to host an event next month.

The recently landscaped end of Cuba St, between Wakefield and Manners streets, will turn into Civic Crafts market on December 1.

It won’t be the first such market for Martin Wilson, a Wellington events planner who started Civic Crafts in the early 1990s.

‘‘The council thought a market in Civic Square would be attractive,’’ he said.

Wellington City Council wanted a weekly market, but it struggled with the wind and lasted only two summers.

Civic Crafts market would be a one-off for now, said Wilson, but he could see the potential for something regular.

‘‘I’d love it to be a regular market, every Saturday of the year, or just through summer,’’ said Mr Wilson, who organises events such as Khandallah market and the Kilbirnie Festival.

‘‘If there is some success I will re-apply for a small number of other dates.’’

He said he hoped to fill the 26 available spaces with innovative, creative and fun stalls. ‘‘It will enhance the middle of the city.’’

The market concept had never been part of New Zealand’s history or culture, but the recent advent of vege markets had introduced it, he said.

‘‘Civic Crafts will provide an alternative way to shop, especially leading up to Christmas.’’

The market will run from 10am till 5pm on December 1.

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