Our Festival Directors are finalists for Wellingtonians of the Year!

Our Festival Director Martin and Associate Director/ Head Marshall/ Site Architect Anna (she wears many hats!) are finalists for Wellingtonians of the Year in the Community category.

The citation for the award reads: “Martin Hanley and Anna Kemble Welch have been helping organise the Newtown Festival since the beginning 22 years ago, curating New Zealand’s largest annual street fair and free music festival, a favourite Wellington celebration attended by over 80,000.”

This is wonderful recognition for their dedication over so many years. They started with the very first Festival in Carrara Park in 1995, and continued when it moved to the streets of Newtown in 1997.  Many other people have been involved with the Festival over the years, but Martin and Anna have always been there. They have been the Directors since 2008.