KZ1 rigs up for Xmas

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

Spray-on snow has been ban­ished from the cen­tral city this Christ­mas in favour of sum­mery, nau­ti­cal dec­o­ra­tions fit for a Pa­cific city.

Heart of the City is deck­ing the streets with wreaths, baubles and ban­ners with a Kiwi theme.

Strings of colour­ful balls have been rigged on yacht KZ1 at the Viaduct Har­bour, cre­at­ing a 50-me­tre Christ­mas tree.

“It seemed such a great idea to use a marine icon and string the Christ­mas baubles to make a tree,” says project man­ager Jane Ste­wart.

The tree is topped by a 2.5 me­tre star made from holo­graphic vinyl that changes colour in the light.

The star’s fern and po­hutukawa de­sign also fea­tures on gi­ant baubles and wreaths dec­o­rat­ing the cen­tral city.

But tra­di­tional el­e­ments have not been elim­i­nated al­to­gether: Santa’s post­box in Queen El­iz­a­beth II Square is ac­cept­ing let­ters for the big man in red.

Heart of the City chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Swney says in past years the city has been crit­i­cised for not show­ing enough Christ­mas spirit.

“This year we think Auck­lan­ders will be re­ally proud,” he says.

For more de­tails go on­line to the web­site www. biglit­tlecity.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

’Tis the sea­son: Michael Bryan from Mel­bourne com­pany Mother Art ad­just­ing the Christ­mas baubles on KZ1.

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