A great day to celebrate, to be sure

The Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington will be aglow in green tonight to mark St Patrick's Day. Photo: Wellington Irish Society.

Thousands of Kiwis are out and about celebrating St Patrick's Day today - an Irish holiday remembering the patron saint who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

More than half a million Kiwis have Irish ancestry and the last Census revealed about 14,000 people identify as being Irish-born.

There are also a dozen Irish Societies dotted throughout New Zealand that celebrate the love of everything Irish.

A number of structures throughout the country will be lit up in green tonight to mark the occasion, includng the Sky Tower in Auckland, the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, and the New Brighton Pier in Christchurch.

Who is celebrating St Paddy's Day in Tauranga?

Thousands of Kiwis are out and about celebrating St Patrick's Day today - an Irish holiday remembering the patron saint who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

More than half a million Kiwis have Irish ancestry and the last Census revealed about 14,000 people identify as being Irish-born.

There are also a dozen Irish Societies dotted throughout New Zealand that celebrate the love of everything Irish.

A number of structures throughout the country will be lit up in green tonight to mark the occasion, includng the Sky Tower in Auckland, the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, and the New Brighton Pier in Christchurch.

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