Levin-based grower Tony Jung (left) and Harbourside Market Manager Fraser Ebbett.
Fraser Ebbett has been managing the Harbourside Market for the past decade. He says it’s become an important part of Wellington’s fabric, celebrating a melting pot of flavours, cultures, and personalities.
The longest-running market in Wellington, it began in 2002 as Chaffers Market and was situated on what is now Waitangi Park. It was rebranded as Harbourside Market in 2009 and relocated to its current spot between Te Papa and Waitangi Park in 2010.
Fraser says the market has grown significantly over the years, from a few fresh produce stalls to between 50-60 permanent vendors plus seasonal tenants.
“Some of the vendors have been attending the markets for almost 20 years, and it’s evolved into a pretty tight-knit community.”
He says the Harbourside Market is about supporting local and celebrating the diversity of our city.
During his time managing the market, Fraser has helped kickstart initiatives that give back to the community.
These include the Community Car Park Fundraiser, which generates about $20,000 each year. The programme sees the market car park managed by community groups, with takings going towards their fundraising projects.