Outdoors

The Ōtaki Kite Festival 2019, 16 – 17 February at Ōtaki Beach

Festival organisers are counting down the last few weeks to the seventh international Ōtaki Kite Festival at Ōtaki Beach. Begun in 2013 the festival was the inspiration of Yvonne de Mille, an Ōtaki artist and kite expert. With financial support from the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Major Event fund it has grown into a popular …

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Pride of Wellington – Djembe, Djane, and Zahra

As part of The Wellington App’s Summer Edition, we are working with Wellington Zoo to showcase some of the amazing animals you and your family can visit while the weather is good! Every Wednesday and Friday during January we will feature a new creature with some general information about the species, but also a bit …

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New feature: Animal of the Week with Wellington Zoo

As part of The Wellington App’s Summer Edition, we are working with Wellington Zoo to showcase some of the amazing animals you and your family can visit while the weather is good! Every Wednesday and Friday during January we will feature a new animal with some general information about the species, but also a bit …

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Gardens Magic begins tonight at Botanical Gardens

Wellington’s iconic concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! Come early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting. It’s a very special Gardens Magic season with Summer City turning …

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Corner of Grey Street and Lambton Quay to be refurbished

The Council plans to upgrade Grey Street/Lambton Quay to form a small scale square known as a pocket square. Image: Wellington City Council This upgrade will provide a refreshed and more pleasant streetscape that will better reflect the atmosphere of the Wellington’s Golden Mile. Grey Street forms the main link between the city and the sea …

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Bowlzilla offers international opportunities for skateboarders

New Zealand skaters will be launched on to the world stage via Bowlzilla Wellington 2019 on March 9 at Waitangi Park. Big returns are coming for the skaters of New Zealand with the maturation of their skateboarding Capital Assets.   Photo: RNZ / Nicolas Bennett The road to the Olympic Games for skateboarding begins this …

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Man who died while Freediving in Wellington named

The man who died while diving off the Wellington coast on Christmas Eve has been named. Photo: Worser Bay, Seatoun Photo: Supplied / Wikimedia Commons / Pseudopanax He was 58-year-old Gary Hibbs, from Upper Hutt. Emergency services were called to Seatoun on Monday shortly after 4pm when the man – who it’s believed was free diving – …

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Transpower reminds boaties to be aware of fishing and anchoring in CPZ

Transpower is reminding all those heading out on the water this summer of restrictions in the Cook Strait Cable Protection Zone (CPZ). Map showing Cook Strait CPZ  The CPZ protects vital submarine electricity and telecommunication cable links between the North and South Islands. The cables form part of the HVDC inter-island link which transfers power …

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Get summer snapping for Bot Garden’s 150th

The Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the Wellington City Council is in the second season of inviting photographers to enter the Fresh Shoots photo competition and win prizes. Henry Moore sculpture in the Botanic Garden, with Met Office in the background. Photo by Mark Cubey The Council has partnered with Excio, Wellington Photographic …

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Streets closed on Sunday for Thorndon Fair

Thorndon’s annual fair returns this weekend (as always, the first Sunday in December), from 10.0am to 3.00pm. The event usually attracts over 20,000 people and 250 stallholders, with an entertainment zone and varied food options. Thorndon Fair is run by Thorndon School, and is the School’s main annual fundraiser. Entry is by gold coin donation, …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 28 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Public Share collective is celebrating the anniversary …

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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In response to World Day …

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Your high five events for Friday 16 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Enjoy a fun morning today (from 10:00am) …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 10 and 11 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As well as Armistice Day …

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Eleven bells for Armistice centenary, then cacophonous chorus

The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. Then, at 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, the third largest in …

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Bucket fountain flowered up

Cuba Street’s iconic bucket fountain was decked out today with locally grown flowers for New Zealand Flowers Week. The installation by Melissa Jane Flower Studio will be in place til 8.00pm tonight as part of the week-long celebration (to 11 November) to raise awareness about domestic cut flower agriculture and innovative floral design. Photos by …

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Get in the pink with a waterfront walk

Dress in pink, put your walking shoes on and head to Frank Kitts Park tomorrow for the Pink Star Walk, and raise funds for breast cancer education, research and support. Every day, nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. That’s over 3000 mothers, daughters, sisters and friends every year. The Breast Cancer …

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Wellington climber survives avalanche that killed two guides

Two mountain guides have died and climber Jo Morgan has survived after an avalanche near Aoraki / Mt Cook. Story by RNZ Jo Morgan Photo: Facebook Jo Morgan, a well-known adventurer, was with two professional mountain guides on Harper Saddle on Mt Hicks, near Aoraki / Mt Cook when they were caught in the avalanche. The bodies …

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Royal visit adds to Diwali and Open Streets in crowded Sunday schedule

The royal visit by Harry and Meghan to Pukeahu will cap off a busy day on Wellington’s streets tomorrow, with the Ta Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event in the CBD and the annual Diwali Festival on the waterfront also expected to draw big crowds. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make …

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Sunday’s Open Streets event closes roads to cars

A large section of the Wellington CBD will be closed to cars tomorrow from 9.00am to 1.00pm for the Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event. Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke is a free, active event for people of all ages and abilities to take over the streets and walk, play, ride and …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 27 and 28 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. There are three fund-raising events …

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Shifting sands at the bays

Freyberg Beach and Oriental Bay closed yesterday after a promisingly beachy Labour Weekend, so that sand can be shifted from the former to the latter in preparation for summer basking. Sand is being shifted from Freyberg Beach (above) t0 Oriental Bay (below) The WCC have advised that the beaches will be closed until Thursday 25 October.

Second Eminem show in Wellington?

The total allocation of 45,000 tickets for rap superstar Eminem’s only NZ show in Wellington nest year sold out yesterday in under an hour – the fastest-selling show in Westpac Stadium’s history. The concert on Saturday 2 March 2019 will have the biggest-ever audience for a single-day event at the Stadium, including 25,000 ticketed fans …

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“Slasher” appears, frightens locals

A promotion for the new sequel to the classic 70s horror Halloween remake left some Wellingtonians creeped out and confused, explains MARK CUBEY. Yesterday, we received an email at The Wellington App from “Christine” with the following intriguing information: “Hey I saw 2 Michael Myers clones on the way to work. One on Willis & …

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Te Omanga Hospice highlighted as charity partner for Hutt lights carnival

HighLight: Carnival of Lights returns to Lower Hutt on Friday and has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its 2018 charity partner, raising money to help with its rebuilding. The free annual event illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour Weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and …

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Thorndon Pool opens this weekend

It may not have felt like it for the past couple of weeks, but with the opening of Thorndon Pool on Saturday 20 October, the “summer months” will be here. So it says on the WCC page for Wellington’s only inner-city outdoor pool. Built in the 1920s, the 30.5-metre heated outdoor pool will be open …

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Laneway becomes Rainway for opening

The theme song for the opening of the city’s new laneway in Lombard and Bond streets today should have been ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’. Photos by Huup Waagen Despite the bad weather, the opening of the city’s newest laneway went ahead regardless, with rain-coated spectators watching models catwalking under canvas, as well as live …

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Homegrown festival announces first lineup and pre-party show

After a record sell-out festival this year, Jim Beam Homegrown will return to Wellington’s waterfront on 23 March 2019, with the first details of the 42 acts playing the five stages revealed this morning. And for the first time, Homegrown will include a pre-party to start the festival on the Friday night, before Saturday’s main …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 29 and 30 September

There’s lots of free fun for children and families this weekend, to kick off a fortnight of school holidays. If you’ve traversed Taranaki Wharf this week, you’ll have noticed the imposing masts of the Rainbow Warrior, which arrived here on Monday as part of the Making Oil History tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban …

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Two Wellington landmarks win design awards

The north Kumutoto public space on the waterfront and the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library were recognised for their design and construction at the NZ Timber Design Awards this week. The Kumutoto project also won a gold pin at the NZ Best Design Awards. The He Tohu Document Centre within the National …

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Get seasonally snapping for Bot Garden’s 150th

The Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the Wellington City Council inviting photographers to enter the Fresh Shoots photo competition and win prizes. Henry Moore sculpture in the Botanic Garden, with Met Office in the background. Photo by Mark Cubey The Council has partnered with Excio, Wellington Photographic Society, NZPhotographer magazine, New Zealand Photography …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Your high five events for Monday 24 September

A spring walk, spring book sales, sharp spring script readings, well-sprung design and architecture, and the problems of organ donation are on the events agenda today. You can bag beautiful bargains at SALE at Mine today at The Dowse Shop, Dowse Art Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Their spring clean sale sees 25% off the …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 22 and 23 September

It’s the start of Wellington’s Spring Festival (22 to 30 September), the end of Conservation Week, and Home & Garden weekend. Get out and about! On Saturday, the annual Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day and Plant Sale takes place at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, from 10:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great day for first-timers …

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Your high five events for Thursday 20 September

Walking, tai chi, ace ladies, French shorts and synaesthesia. It must be spring. Today’s Tinytown Buggy Walk (every third Thursday of the month), explores Oriental Bay Parade. Park your car or catch the bus to where Evans Bay Parade Road meets Oriental Parade at 9:45am, then stroll along the Parade, a flat and buggy friendly …

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Your high five (mainly Suffrage) events for Wednesday 19 September

On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, which means today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Suffrage 125 events have been happening all this month and continue to the weekend. There are myriad gallery exhibitions, film screenings at Ngā Taonga, tours and exhibitions at Parliament, many of which …

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Have your say on the new Berhampore playground

The Wellington City Council are building a new children’s playground at Berhampore’s Wakefield Park, and want your take on the draft plans. Last year, the council consulted with the public about possible locations for a new playground on Wakefield Park and identified two options: next to the Olympic Football Club building just north of the …

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Your high five events for Monday 27 August

Start the week right with walking, talking, learning… and one of the greatest Filipino films of all time. You can exercise and hear intriguing stories about the early days of Wellington and the Botanic Garden during an easy 90-minute guided walk starting at 11:00am from the Founders’ Entrance to the Gardens on 101 Glenmore Street. …

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Glowing reception for inaugural Matariki event

Wellington families made the most of a still, chill night on Friday to enjoy the Ahi Kā and OneOne events for Matariki on the waterfront. Thousands of Wellingtonians thronged the waterfront around Taranaki Wharf after dusk on Friday evening to enjoy the first of what is planned to become an annual family-friendly event as part …

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Light and fire tonight at Ahi Kā and OneOne

Wellington’s Matariki celebrations continue tonight with free family-friendly celebrations taking place around the waterfront. Tonight’s Ahi Kā event on and around Whairepo Lagoon is a new venture for Council, and due to become an annual fixture. From 6:00pm, the opening Ahi Kā procession Nga Wai Piāta (Streams of Light), featuring children from seven regional schools, …

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Treemendous opportunity for young sprouts

The arrival of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford has been celebrated with the launch of Trees for Kiwi Babies, a new initiative from conservation charity Trees That Count. The charity is building a movement to help New Zealand plant more native trees, counting how many native trees planted each year and helping to plant more. …

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Brave the frost for Matariki dawn viewing

There’s a special opportunity for warmly wrapped stargazers tomorrow morning, as Wellington Museum and the Wellington Astronomical Society invite the public to join them for a dawn viewing of Matariki. The Māori new year was traditionally signalled with the mid-winter sighting of Matariki (the Māori name for the Pleaides star cluster) in the early morning …

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