Music and Movies in Parks affected by red traffic light

Publish Date : 28 Jan 2022
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With the country in the red traffic light level Music in Parks and Movies in Parks events have either been cancelled or postponed until the end of February.

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of Auckland Councill’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee says that it is really disappointing for the teams that have worked hard to deliver these much-loved community events, but it was impossible to run them under red.

“I want to thank the events teams, the contractors and all the musicians who were working towards delivering great events for our communities. I also want to show my appreciation and acknowledge the local boards, whose parks are where these family events were to be held, for their support. Unfortunately, with the Omicron variant being here, the country was moved to red meaning these events couldn’t take place. It is about putting the health and safety of our communities first.”

Councillor Filipaina says that the rest of the season will be assessed when we have a greater understanding of how Omicron has spread and is affecting our communities.

“We know that these are really tough times for everyone, and particularly whānau and ‘aiga (families) and we know that community events like Music in Parks and Movies in Parks are really helpful for community well-being. We are delaying decisions on the rest of the season until we know more about how Omicron affects us here in Tāmaki Makaurau, because if we can deliver these events safely, we want to do so.”

Postponed events

The highly popular Opera in the Park was scheduled for this weekend (29 January) but has been postponed. The new date is 10 April.

The 2022 Movies in Parks season was scheduled to premier this weekend in Manurewa. This has now been postponed until Friday 25 March. The Epsom event originally scheduled for 11 February has also been postponed until Friday 8 April.


As has been the case for the last two years, during the COVID-19 pandemic, local boards who were looking forward to deliver great family events, have had to make hard decisions and cancel events.

Music in Parks Pukekohe, originally scheduled for Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Sunday 28 January) has been cancelled as has Waitangi ki Manukau, the wonderful and popular celebration normally held on Waitangi Day (6 February).

The signature Kiwi Anthems in the Park, originally scheduled for 28 February has also been cancelled.

Six Movies in Parks events originally scheduled for February are cancelled as well.

Councillor Filipaina reminds people that although events can’t take place, keeping in contact with loved ones is very important, as is doing what is needed to keep your whānau and ‘aiga safe

“We all cope differently and some of us will be struggling. Get hold of your loved ones and support them. Please remember to wear a mask whenever you leave your home, and if you are feeling unwell, please stay at home. Also, if you are due for your second COVID-19 vaccination shot or your booster, don’t delay. Make sure you keep your protection against this virus up. Kia kaha Tāmaki Makaurau and please stay safe.”

For all up to date information on Music in Parks, head to the website.

For all Movies in Parks up to date information, head to the website.

Events affected





Movies in Parks Manurewa

Randwick Park, Manurewa

28 January


Opera in the Park

Glover Park, St Heliers

29 January


Movies in Parks Onehunga

Fergusson Domain, Onehunga

29 January


Music in Parks Pukekohe

Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

30 January


Blues at Blockhouse Bay

Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve

4 February


Movies in Parks Māngere

David Lange Park, Māngere

5 February


Waitangi ki Manukau

Hayman Park, Manukau

6 February


Movies in Parks Epsom

Windmill Park, Epsom

11 February


Movies in Parks Pakuranga

Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga

12 February


Beacon in the Park

Albert Park, Auckland Central

12 February


Movies in Parks Hillsborough

Monte Cecila Park, Hillsborough

18 February


Music in Parks Mangere

Boggust Park, Favona

19 February


Music in Parks Albany

Albany Lakes Civic Park, Albany

20 February


Movies in Parks Birkenhead

Harvey Wright Sportsfield, Birkenhead

25 February


Movies in Parks Papakura

Central Park Papakura

26 February


Kiwi Anthems

Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga

27 February


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