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Petone is a small centre at the northern end of Wellington harbour. When the first settler boats arrived in the 1800’s they landed here and the first settlements were established. The area has a lot of very old villas and its main street escaped most of the strip mall development of the 1970’s to retain a very old character.

Each year in February the Petone Rotary Club close off most of the main street and set up a street market. Somewhere around 400 stalls sell or promote their services to around 30,000 people. It is therefore a great place to practise a little street photography or to simply enjoy people watching.

Fairs like this bring out the crazy in people especially teenagers. Although they are also an excuse for bad t-shirts.

Fairs like this bring out the crazy in people especially teenagers. Although they are also an excuse for bad t-shirts.

To many of the kids on this ride this will be their first roller coaster. The girl in front has supreme confidence while the two behind don't look like they are enjoying themselves

To many of the kids on this ride this will be their first roller coaster. The girl in front has supreme confidence while the two behind don’t look like they are enjoying themselves

This ride is a lot more sedate than the other.

This ride is a lot more sedate than the other.

There is a wide variety of sideshows trying to relieve you of your money with the promise of prizes

There is a wide variety of sideshows trying to relieve you of your money with the promise of prizes

This little guy has found something he really likes in the used toys stall

This little guy has found something he really likes in the used toys stall

A group of older stallholders promoting tai-chi

A group of older stallholders promoting tai-chi

When I say this lady talking on the phone I could not resist the shot

When I saw this lady talking on the phone I could not resist the shot

In the middle of the shops is an old villa used as professional offices. The grapevine over the porch is probably a century old and has a very fine crop this year

In the middle of the shops is an old villa used as professional offices. The grapevine over the porch is probably a century old and has a very fine crop this year

Mother and daughter have visited the face paint stand together

Mother and daughter have visited the face paint stand together

This little guy was not all that convinced when this lady painted his hand and asked him to put it on a piece of paper

This little guy was not all that convinced when this lady painted his hand and asked him to put it on a piece of paper

Some of the stall holders really get into the festive spirit.

Some of the stall holders really get into the festive spirit.

Local band Shenanigans entertain for the balcony of the Empire hotel

Local band Shenanigans entertain for the balcony of the Empire hotel

Someone has been very busy hand knitting these items although I do wonder whether any copyright fees have been  paid to the original designers

Someone has been very busy hand knitting these items although I do wonder whether any copyright fees have been paid to the original designers