Hamilton's 150th birthday

AARON LEAMAN
Last updated 05:00 13/03/2014

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There's no word yet on who will blow out the candles, but planning for Hamilton's 150th birthday celebrations is under way, with events scheduled throughout the year.

Festivities start this month, with a special birthday cake-shaped balloon set to take to the skies above Hamilton during the annual Balloons over Waikato.

Other events with confirmed dates include an anniversary gala ball on August 23, a formal civic event on August 24 and the unveiling of a new piece of public art by MESH on November 22.

Also planned for the month of November is a city party to be held in the central business district. The party has a proposed budget of $123,460 but a council report says sponsorship will be needed for it to go ahead. The Hamilton City Council will chip in $31,460 toward the party, with the remaining cost met by sponsors and private donations.

The council's external funding subcommittee met this week to discuss the city's 150th anniversary plans.

Mayor Julie Hardaker said she was heartened by the number of groups wanting to get involved.

Waikato Rugby Union is proposing a themed 150th anniversary game in May, while the Hamilton Racing Club is planning a special themed carnival in October.

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- Waikato Times

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