Auck­land to get Tall ships fes­ti­val at Labour Week­end

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A long awaited tall ships fes­ti­val is to be hosted in Auck­land later this year, thanks to sup­port from Ports of Auck­land, Waterfront Auck­land and Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment.

More than a dozen ships and over 1000 sailors, par­tic­i­pat­ing in tall ships fes­ti­vals in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, will cross the Tas­man for a three-day fes­ti­val to be hosted by the Voy­ager New Zealand Mar­itime Mu­seum.

‘‘This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for Auck­lan­ders to wit­ness the spec­ta­cle of a tall ships fleet. It’s rare to get such a group of ships in our part of the world and too good an op­por­tu­nity to let slip by,’’ Event di­rec­tor and former Spirit of Ad­ven­ture CEO John Lis­ter, who is spear­head­ing the project, says.

‘‘Mayor Len Brown has been in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing the sup­port we needed to make this fes­ti­val hap­pen. Ports of Auck­land gen­er­ously agreed to pro­vide berthing and fa­cil­i­ties, Waterfront Auck­land has of­fered use of The Cloud, and ATEED has con­tri- buted $30,000 be­cause the event will en­hance the live­abil­ity of Auck­land,’’ he adds.

Mur­ray Reade, CEO of Voy­ager New Zealand Mar­itime Mu­seum says: ‘‘We are de­lighted to be in­volved in co­or­di­nat­ing a visit from th­ese mag­nif­i­cent tall ships. Labour Week­end 2013 will see Auck­land’s waterfront come alive and we hope thou­sands of Auck­lan­ders will come and ex­plore the ships .’’

The Voy­ager NZ Mar­itime Mu­seum will re­lease more in­for­ma­tion closer to Oc­to­ber.

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