Rebecca Martin, Council’s City Events Coordinator, says Saturday’s display will live up to its reputation of being the largest annual fireworks show in New Zealand.
“There’ll be more than 3.5 tonnes of fireworks with a total of 7500 shots fired from 1100 locations. The display will include the city’s floating crane Hikitia and a soundtrack by local percussion group Strike, which will be simultaneously broadcast on Classic Hits 90.1 and ZM 90.9.
“With the Hikitia being part of this years show, we have crew from the Maritime heritage Trust of Wellington collecting donations for the steam powered floating crane.
“There’ll also be food vendors, and family entertainment such as face painters and fire jugglers along the waterfront, so come down early and make a day of it,” says Martin.
As usual there will be extensive traffic management measures in place - particularly on Oriental Parade and Mt Victoria.
Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade will be closed to city-bound traffic from 7-10pm so emergency vehicles can access the area quickly if needed.
Evans Bay Parade will be closed to through traffic (residents’ access only) at the Cobham Drive intersection from 7-10pm. There will be large numbers of parking wardens on patrol - any illegally or dangerously parked vehicles will be towed.
To control traffic on Mt Victoria, Alexandra Road will be closed at the intersection with Constable Street in Newtown once the maximum safe parking capacity is reached. There will also be parking restrictions around the lookout along Alexandra Road and a one-way traffic flow will be in place on the roads around the lookout.
If you can, please catch the bus, train or walk into town. Traffic may well come to a complete standstill. Also for safety reasons, Police will be proactively enforcing no stopping anywhere on the State Highway between Petone and Wellington.