News | 3 June 2022
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Friday Five: Things to do for a royal long weekend

Are you wondering what to do in the capital over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend? Here’s a list of five royally fun things for you and the whānau to check out.

The carter fountain on oriental bay.

1.  Project your face onto the Carter Fountain

Bring the whānau down to Oriental Bay to check out Into the Light by Amber Strain. All you need to do is jump in a waterfront booth, take a live stream video of your face, then see it projected onto the water spray at a monumental scale for all to see and enjoy! 

2. Be inspired at the NZ Art Show

Find your favourite piece of art and take it home at the NZ Art Show. Running until Sunday 5 June at the TSB Arena, you can enjoy a curated art experience featuring hundreds of contemporary NZ artists. You can buy tickets from or at the door. 

Group of people dancing on a stage.

3.  Celebrate Samoa Language Week 

Experience vibrant performances and connect with friends and whānau at a day out with our Pacific communities. On Saturday 4 June, you can check out a performance from the Anamua Fou Dance Group at the Wellington Museum at 12pm, followed by food and crafts at Kilbirnie Recreation Centre from 1.304pm. See programme details on the website.

4. Check out the latest light box exhibition

It’s the perfect time to take a trip into the city and see Whakapapa Te Pō Te Ao by Tanya Ruka, the latest exhibition in the Courtenay Place light boxes series. Running for Matariki 2022 until 18 September, the light boxes have been transformed into a series of digitally woven pouwhenua. Find out more on the light box website

5. Dive into the Queer Arts Festival 

The first-ever Queer Arts Festival is running until Sunday 5 June! Supported by Wellington Creative Communities funding, Queer AF will feature more than 60 queer artists in a dozen events, including drag, poetry, circus, music, literature, burlesque, and more. There's something for everyone. The full programme is available at