Fireworks Date Change to Suit Families

3 October 2013

This year’s Sky Show fireworks display over Wellington Harbour – usually held on 5 November – is to be delayed till Saturday 9 November to give more people the chance to enjoy the spectacle.

Wellington will be treated to another spectacular fireworks display

Wellington's Sky Show will now be on Saturday 9 November

Wellington City Council’s events staff say they have received a considerable amount of feedback from the public that has sought to have the fireworks shifted to the weekend rather than on a weeknight.

“This year 5 November falls on a Tuesday. We believe most people – especially families with youngsters - will far prefer to take a more relaxed approach and watch the display on the Saturday night,” says the Council’s City Events Manager, Warrick Dent.

”People with young children can find getting to and from a mid-week event starting at 9pm difficult. We believe that by holding the fireworks event on a Saturday we can encourage more families to attend, providing a great opportunity for more of the community to enjoy the show.”

Warrick says this year’s display features the iconic floating crane Hikitia and incorporates a soundtrack by local (but internationally renowned) musicians Strike.  As in previous years, the soundtrack will be simultaneously broadcast on Classic Hits and ZM.

The postponement date will be the following night, Sunday 10 November at 9pm.

Warrick says the date change might also present a chance for the Council to develop the event further. ”A regular weekend event date opens up the potential to create a daytime event in the lead up to fireworks display in the evening, and we’ll be looking at the opportunities to grow the event in the future.” 

The Sky Show has been one of the biggest fixtures on the city’s community events calendar since 1995. It was originally conceived as a spectacle to help reduce the Guy Fawkes workload for firefighters – up until that year there had been increasing chaos caused by fires started by fireworks from private displays.