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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 09:54 am

A Victorian Gaiety raising funds for the The Basin Reserve appeal


Joanna Newman, convener of Mount Victoria Historical Society. IMAGE: Araina Khonthothong

A VICTORIAN GAIETY dinner next month has a serious purpose – it is a fundraising event for the Save the Basin campaign.

The dinner is being organised by Wellington’s Mount Victoria Historical Society, which is a party to a High Court Appeal.

‘Save the Basin’ is a campaign group fighting the construction of a traffic flyover at the Basin Reserve, which is proposed by New Zealand Transport Agency.

The agency has appealed to the High Court after its application for resource consent was declined by the Environmental Protection Authority Board of Inquiry.

The campaign is raising funds to fight the high court appeal.

Joanna Newman, convener of Mount Victoria Historical Society, says it is a great way to meet new people and dress up in Victorian clothing.

The event will include music, a buffet dinner and a silent auction.

“We’d like as many people as possible to dress up if they feel good about that. You can dress up as a servant, maid, low society or high society,” says Joanna.

There will be prizes for the best Victorian costume for a couple and individual and also prizes for most creative Victorian costume and best accessory.

Nota Bene choir will be singing old English songs and a cellist will be playing Vicorian music.

“We had a few options on the venue but chose the Basin Reserve because it seemed appropriate to have it there.

“It’s close to Mount Victoria and also that’s all the fundraising is for,” says Joanna.

“The event is going to be great with friends and also others we’ve never met before. It will be good to raise some funds and also have fun while doing it.”

This is the first time the society has held a gaiety fundraising event.

A Victorian Gaiety is on Saturday, May 2, 7pm at the Long Room, Basin Reserve.

Tickets are $95 each, and for tickets and information phone Sue on (04) 384 8208 or email


GAY TIME: A nineteenth century Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. IMAGE: Supplied

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