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Auckland’s 175th anniversary: let’s party like it’s 1840

Auckland Anniversary Weekend

We’re partnering with Auckland Council to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Auckland, from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 January 2015.

“Since Sir John Logan Campbell and James Dilworth opened New Zealand’s first savings bank in Auckland in 1847, the histories of ASB and Auckland City have been inexorably linked,” explains our CEO Barbara Chapman.

“Given ASB has been a key part of Auckland for over 165 years, we are proud to be working with Auckland Council to celebrate with everyone Auckland’s amazing journey to becoming the world-class city it is today.”

Acclaimed creative director Mike Mizrahi and Inside Out Productions will be transforming Queen’s Wharf and Shed 10 to give Aucklanders a glimpse into the city’s past. The centre-piece will be an immersive multimedia exhibition which will feature stories of people who have shaped Tamaki Makaurau.

As you arrive on Queen’s Wharf you will walk through a historic archway specially designed to mark Auckland’s 175th anniversary. The wharf will then come alive with entertainment and historical displays.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be Sunday evening’s free concert from the HMNZS Otago - berthed alongside Queen’s Wharf. Curated by Tama Waipara, a selection of bands will bring a local flavour to the celebration. The concert will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display from both the Sky Tower and from barges in the harbour.

All three days will feature buskers, a waka display in the harbour, vintage cars lining Quay Street, markets, food vendors and more.

There’s even something for seafood lovers this anniversary weekend; Wynyard Quarter, just a short walk along Quay Street, will be home to ASB Auckland Seafood Festival.

Auckland is the place to be this anniversary weekend and as an ASB customer, each day you’ll get something a little extra:

  • Be there first with exclusive ASB customer access to the Shed 10 multimedia experience between 10am-12pm.
  • Beat the crowds with priority queuing on the ASB yellow carpet between 12pm-6pm.
  • A place to relax and engage in an ASB experience at the ASB Cube.

To get these extras all you need to do is to show any ASB card.

Check out the dates and times below and join the #AKLturns175 celebration!

Queen’s Wharf:

  • Saturday 24 January                                    10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Sunday 25 January                                      10.00am – 10.00pm
  • Monday 26 January                                     10.00am – 6.00pm

Shed 10:

  • Saturday 24 January                                    12noon – 6.00pm
  • Sunday 25 January                                      12noon –10.00pm
  • Monday 26 January                                     12noon – 6.00pm
  • Exclusive ASB customer access                  10.00am – 12noon daily

HMNZS Otago open to public:

  • Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 January               10.00am – 6.00pm

HMNZS Otago concert:

  • Sunday 25 January                                      5.30pm – 9.30pm

Harbour/Sky Tower Fireworks display:

  • Sunday 25 January                                       9.30pm – 9.45pm

Plus check out the ASB Kids Zone in the Cloud, filled with fun games and activities for you to enjoy.

Please note: Quay Street will be closed to traffic.

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10 comments
Hi, I am a ASB share trading customer and don't have a card to show. How can I have access?
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Hi there, if you just let the team know that you are an ASB Securities customer without a card then they will let you in. Enjoy the events! ^SM
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Thank you for the offer. I cannt wait
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Wow what a great time to join ASB all my family have been ASB customers for as long as i can remember and i was watching the food truck on tv last night and he vas at the seafood festival and i said to my wife how great it vould be to go well i guess ve will be thanx AS
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Hi I am an ASB client with ASB Loans and credit card, but I don't have any other card except my Platinum Credit card. I am away that weekend too, but if this ASB do something for customers like this again I would like to know which
card we need and how to get them?
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Hi Karen, you just need to show any ASB card - that can be a credit card or debit card. In this case you'd be fine showing your Platinum credit card. ^HM
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hi can some one advise how to set up a stall there
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Steve Mascarenhas
Steve Mascarenhas December 16, 2014 1:04 PM
Hi.Am a Bank Direct customer which is part of ASB.Surely we should qualify for the extras? Thanks



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Hi Steve, thanks for your question. We’ve checked with the team and can confirm that Bank Direct customers will also have access to these extras. Just show your Bank Direct card at the entry. See you there! ^HM
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For genealogical purposes, would the ASB Bank consider releasing the names of Aucklanders who held accounts with the Auckland Savings Bank between the 1840's and 1890's?
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