News | 29 January 2021
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Wellington Zoo hosts Newtown neighbours

Wellington Zoo hosted its 16th annual Neighbours' Night BBQ on Thursday 28 January. Over 600 local community members braved the heavy rain to enjoy an evening at the Zoo.

Newtown neighbours at the Wellington Zoo.

As part of its commitment to engaging with the community, every year Wellington Zoo invites its immediate neighbours, including Wellington City Council social housing tenants, to visit the Zoo for free after hours.

“Neighbours’ Night is about the Zoo giving back and supporting our local community, this is especially true this year after the challenging year we’ve all had,” says Amy Hughes, General Manager Communication, Experience and Conservation.

“The Zoo has been a part of the Newtown community for 114 years, and 2020 saw the Zoo being closed to visitors for the longest time since we opened in 1906.

“Neighbours Night is also about our local Newtown community sharing our beautiful Zoo space as a rich community.

"Newtown is a diverse neighbourhood and it’s great to see neighbours meeting each other.

Zoo staff volunteered their time to help make the day a success.

"Despite the bad weather, our neighbours still had a great time at the Zoo and were able to experience special animal talks from Zoo staff, enjoy a free sausage sizzle, juice and ice creams, explore the Zoo, and learn about the animals they live near.

“Our annual Neighbours’ Night is a fantastic way to start the new year, get together and meet our local community. This is many of our staff’s favourite event of the year and we can’t wait for next year’s get-together.”

Wellington Zoo is grateful for the generous support from our partners, New World Newtown, Frucor Suntory and Tip Top, who provided the food and beverages for this year’s Neighbours’ Night.

Volunteers from Wellington City Council and Zoo staff gave their time and enjoyed seeing their neighbours having a fantastic night out.