15-21 March 2021

The Mayor's Pick of the Week: Celebrating our rainbow community

Wellington will be bursting with all the colours of the rainbow as we celebrate our queer community with two weeks of events and activities for the Pride Festival. Supported by Wellington City Council, and organised by groups within the community, the Pride Festival will include the popular queer fair Out in the City, Pride Ball, and the annual Hīkoi. There's heaps more happening, too. See what's on here.

Strathmore Park Play Day 


Did you know that play is vital for our children's overall well-being and development? It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, but it can be very rewarding! Bring your whānau and friends to Kahurangi School to have a go at a range of child-friendly play activities. Check out the event here

Canes versus Chiefs


Get down to Sky Stadium this Saturday for the Super Rugby Aotearoa match between our Hurricanes and the Chiefs. The game doubles as Mana Moana, a celebration of Māori and Pasifika cultures and the evening will include cultural performances, giveaways and plenty of entertainment. Don’t miss out on this unique occasion, and don’t forget to wear your lavalava! Get your tickets here.

Cobham Drive paths blessed

The new walking and biking paths along the Cobham Drive foreshore were blessed by Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika on Monday morning with a mihi whakatau. The improvements along the seaward side of Cobham Drive are part of our plan to turn this coastal recreation area into an eastern gateway for Wellington. Read about it here

Free home energy assessment

With autumn settling in, it's a great time to sign up to our Home Energy Saver programme. The initiative offers local ratepayers a free home assessment by the Sustainability Trust. Find out more and get some easy energy saving tips for your home here.

Riddiford Street surfacing

From 21-26 March, we will be surfacing Riddiford Street between Mein Street and Adelaide Road, outside Wellington Hospital. Works are scheduled between 7pm-6am (weather dependent), with the nosiest parts of works to be completed by 11pm. Traffic heading north will be diverted up Hall Street and onto Adelaide Road hospital access will be via Mein Street. All southbound traffic will remain travelling through the work site, with a reduced speed limit of 30km/h hospital entrance will be via the main entrance from this direction. Buses and heavy vehicles will still be able to use the route in both directions and will move through the worksite under a stop/go operation. 

Learn a new tune with the Libraries’ songbooks

Music lovers and learners! Fancy strumming to Taylor Swift on your ukulele? Tinkle some Outkast on your electric piano? Toot along to Louis Armstrong on your trombone? Choose from nearly 1,200 songbooks filled with tens of thousands of songs you can borrow from Wellington City Libraries online catalogue.

Cocktail and Spirits Festival


Highball is an immersive two-day celebration showcasing some of the best purveyors of cocktails and spirits New Zealand and the world has to offer. Pair this with tasty food and banging tunes and we've got you sorted. Tickets to Highball in May are on sale now.

Arts Access Awards 2021

Do you want to see an outstanding Deaf or disabled artist recognised? How about an inclusive project or programme celebrating community arts? Nominations for this year’s Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards close on Friday 26 March. More info is on Arts Access Aotearoa’s website.

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