We’re having a street party and you’re invited

10 December 2015

There are some big changes happening down Eva and Leeds streets as part of Wellington City Council’s initiative to improve and revitalise the lanes of Wellington – and everyone’s invited to the launch party this Saturday (12 December).

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Eva and Leeds streets have had a massive face-lift

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Wellington’s Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says: “Come along to the free, family-friendly event which includes live music, performances, and a market atmosphere with local businesses and artisan groups selling their wares in the Hannahs Precinct.” 

Colourful graphics, lighting installations and improved street lighting, planted walls and extra seating are all part of the makeover. A Hannahs factory building heritage graphic also highlights the history of the area. 

“Agreed as part of implementing the Smart Capital Central City Framework, the new-look area is a truly dynamic transformation,” she adds. 

Cr Nicola Young, Central City Portfolio Leader, says: “We’ve updated this significant area in Wellington’s commercial history, using modern street design; it’s already increasingly vibrant and now we’ve added a fun factor that will attract people night and day, to live, work and play. 

“Brightening these inner city laneways makes spaces safer, supports the local business and residential communities and will attract more pedestrians,” she says.

Chris Wilkinson, Managing Director of First Retail Group Ltd, says this project is another feather in the cap for the Capital. 

“We celebrate the walkability of Wellington, especially within the CBD – this is quite unique to the Capital. This, along with the restaurant and coffee culture, plus the general vibe, is really making us the envy of other contemporary cities around the country. 

“Eva and Leeds streets are full of boutique hospitality and artisan businesses that have gravitated to the area, taken a chance on success, and been rewarded with success as Wellingtonians are quick to recognise that.” 

The Eva and Leeds Street area has a long history of occupation as it was located in the vicinity of Te Aro Pā. Shops and residencies started appearing circa 1850, and continued with the 1908 construction of the original Hannahs warehouse at 13 Leeds Street. Today it is a hub of activity with bars, restaurants, cafes and artisan stores in the neighbourhood.

The Hannahs Precinct will be officially opened on Saturday 12 December from 2pm–4pm (wet weather alternative on Saturday 19 December).  

Some of the acts performing on the day:
The Crimson Club
Niko Ne Zna
Wellington Brass Band
Hoop Hooligans
Java Dance
Pie In The Sky
Black Spider Stomp