Happy eighth birthday, Wynyard Quarter!
We couldn’t have asked for better weather to celebrate our birthday! Thank you to everyone who came down to Wynyard Quarter on Saturday to join the festivities and revel with us. We kicked off the day bright and early at 7.30am with a morning Karakia on Karanga Plaza, followed by a morning tea at Rushworth on North Wharf.
Early risers joined Crossfit Propolis for a morning workout on the wharf. Aside from a spot of rain, the weather played ball and our athletes were looking stronger than ever.
Our Rangatahi worked to bring together a group of ukulele players on Te Wero Island who serenaded passers-by with their instruments and a lovely rendition of happy birthday to the Wynyard Quarter. Their pāreu added a lovely pop of colour to our celebrations. And how can we forget our delectable chocolate mousse cake from La Petite Fourchette?!
Our resident environmental charity, Sustainable Coastlines hosted a party at the headquarters with DIY lemonade station and bunting making. There were lots of sweet treats to be had, including popcorn and jars of lollies (yum!).
We had AK Samba bang a drum and march down North Wharf to the Brazilian fusion beat, upping the atmosphere, while Paul Klaassen from circus troupe 3 Ring Riot entertained young and old alike with a street circus on Karanga Plaza. He juggled through hoops, balanced an assortment of wacky objects, and wowed his audience that filled Karanga Plaza and stretched across Wynyard Crossing.
Our Daldy Street Community Gardens played host to a couple of workshops held by fellow community group, For the Love of Bees (FTLOB). The first workshop focused on the history of the space, the community projects that had been housed there such as businesses in the area growing herbs and vegetables to use in their dishes in the gardens, and the vision for the future of the garden. The second workshop saw Sarah from FTLOB run a seed-sowing workshop so that the gardens will have a whole host of bee-friendly flowers over the spring and summer.
And last but not least, thank you to all of our wonderful performers from the day, we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did.