Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has set New Zealand’s traffic light system to red forcing a swathe of events to cancel including Arden’s own wedding.
Events will continue with a 100 person cap under the My Vaccine Pass rules, but large music, food, and wine festivals, sports and arts events scheduled for February and March have been forced to cancel or postpone.
Wellington’s Lunar New Year Festival and Gindulgence Festival have pulled the pin. New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland has also been cancelled along with Splore Festival, the Auckland Pride Festival and the Auckland International Buskers Festival.
Christchurch saw the Great Kiwi Beer Festival cancel while the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin has also been forced to abandon its February dates.
The Warbirds Over Wānaka International Airshow has also cancelled for the second time in two years.
New Zealand Events Association general manager Segolene de Fontenay said they hoped it would be a “short and sharp red traffic light” allowing events to go ahead from April.
“It is too early to say how many events will be affected depending on how long the country remains at the red traffic light,” said de Fontenay.