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Four Auckland landmarks to light up for Pride

Sat 15 Feb 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

Four special Auckland locations will light up in rainbow colours on Monday night in a history-busting celebration to mark the final week of the Auckland Pride Festival. In a dazzling display, rainbow lights will be switched on at the Auckland Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the gantry at Silo Park and The Cloud at 9PM on Monday. "MP Maurice Williamson was right," says Auckland Pride Festival Director Julian Cook. "An enormous big gay rainbow is forming across Auckland. It's a sign that we are living in one of the most diverse, inclusive, gay-friendly and fun cities in the world. Happy Auckland Pride!" There will be a gathering on the Museum steps, where TV host Tamati Coffey , Labour MP Louisa Wall, 20-year-old fa’afafine performer Jaycee Tanuvasa and singer/songwriter Ramon Te Wake will lead a ceremony to shine a spotlight on transgender rights in New Zealand. The celebration will mark the start of the final week of the Auckland Pride Festival, which culminates in the Pride Parade and Proud Party on Saturday. ATEED's General Manager of Destination and Marketing Rachael Carroll says this year’s Pride festival is bigger and brighter than ever before. “Events like this are key to building our reputation as a vibrant events city, and demonstrating that Auckland is truly a place where the show never stops.” All are invited to come along and enjoy the moment.      

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 15th February 2014 - 10:55am

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