Wellington wind wand's weighty problem

Wellington wind wand's weighty problem

Wellington's wind needle is temporarily out of action after the capital's infamous gales became too much for it.

The Zephyrometer is the creation of Christchurch sculptor Phil Price, who had to replace the original needle when it was struck by lightning in 2014.

The newer version has had a weight taken out of it, so in a strong wind it bends close enough to the ground to cause concern.

Wellington was buffeted by 140km/h winds on Friday and one lane of Evans Bay Pde was closed as a safety precaution.

The needle will be tied down until the artist can be flown to Wellington to assess what can be done to fix it.

A spokesman for the Wellington City Council says adding a weight to it is one option. Putting a brake device on it so it can't touch the ground is another.

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