Markets go weekly for summer
Markets are a fixture of Whangamata, taking place every Sunday from 9am until 1pm at the TCDC carpark.
It’s a collective effort by organisers Ana Fryer and Suzanne Midwinter, along with others who promote the attraction and support it. Ana says the fare is an ever-changing selection of whatever is in abundance locally — from fresh produce in summer to bric-abrac and a tasty sausage sizzle on a chilly winter’s day.
“It’s quite holistic really, it really is about recycling something that someone no longer wants to keep. It gets sold and it goes to someone else’s house, and the $5 stallholder fees goes back to community groups.
“It’s probably the cheapest market in New Zealand, but we’ve still managed to raise $6800 over the years which has been donated to community groups in town.
“We’re weekly through the summer,” says Suzanne, “so it’s just reminding people to come and check out the market. “Anyone is welcome and set-up is from 8am. Stallholders don’t need a gazebo, they can just put a blanket on the ground. It’s meant to be for locals wanting to make a bit of extra pocket money or do some fundraising for a local cause.”
■ Any stallholders can contact Suzanne on 07 865 9100.
The Whangamata markets are a popular Sunday event.