Fireworks display goes ahead in capital

Last updated 21:10 05/11/2010
The Wellington fireworks were expected to draw crowds of 100,000 to 200,000.
GARY MOYNIHAN

Five tonnes of explosives were launched from two barges in Wellington harbour.

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Wellington has gone ahead with its fireworks display, despite bad weather which cancelled Christchurch's event heading north.

The New Brighton fireworks display has been postponed until 9pm tomorrow night, The Christchurch City Council announced.

Wellington's public fireworks display started at 9pm.

Strong southerlies had been due to arrive in Wellington when the fireworks were due to start.

However Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean commented, "As someone said: 'The southerly blinked first and our events staff didn't blink'."

The Wellington fireworks were expected to draw crowds of 100,000 to 200,000. The event cost $190,000 to stage, of which $120,000 came from the council.

Five tonnes of explosives were launched from two barges in Wellington harbour for the display, taking 12 1/2 minutes.

Robert McDermott, from Pyrostar International, who is in charge of the show had promised new pyrotechnic wonders tonight.

Earlier this week he told The Dominion Post only "severe" rain would cancel the show.

"In the last 15 shows we have never cancelled it."

BRITTON BROUN and TOM HUNT/Dominion Post, with The Press

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