Fire bri­gade plans even big­ger bangs

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - ALIS­TER BROWNE

Things are planned to go off with a big­ger bang at this year’s Man­gaweka Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade’s fire­works fundraiser.

For the bri­gade is spend­ing more money on more py­rotech­nics this year for the dis­play planned at the McIntyre Re­serve at Ohin­gaiti on Oc­to­ber 27, which means it will run for a longer time.

It will be the third time the bri­gade has run the dis­play, which will be put on by the Kairanga Lions Club.

It is held in Ohin­gaiti be­cause Man­gaweka doesn’t have such a suit­able out­doors space and there are rules around the prox­im­ity of fire­works to the likes of forestry and an­i­mals.

Al­ready, run­ning the dis­play has helped buy the bri­gade an 11,000 litre ex-Fon­terra milk tanker for cart­ing wa­ter to fires.,

Bri­gade sec­re­tary-trea­surer Cecily Evans re­calls the tanker played a vi­tal part in fight­ing the most "dan­ger­ous" fire the bri­gade had at­tended in years when a blaze erupted at the Mt Ste­wart re­serve in Tai­hape.

She said the tanker was able to feed he­li­copters that played a big part in quelling the fire, which de­stroyed bush but not any of the many houses in the vicin­ity.

Evans said two new fea­tures of this year’s fire­works show would be a dis­play by the army and a per­for­mance from the Massey Uni­ver­sity fire cir­cus, a stu­dent club. "That’ll be very ex­cit­ing," she said.

She said the dis­play had proved pop­u­lar with the pub­lic since the bri­gade took over run­ning it.

The 12-strong bri­gade was al­ways look­ing for ex­tra money over and above what it re­ceived for op­er­a­tional ex­penses so it could sup­port the com­mu­nity, she said. "There’s al­ways some­thing."

Hence its in­volve­ment in the fire­works dis­play.

The bri­gade cel­e­brated 100 years in 2013 and a year later its chief, Rex No­ble, was awarded a dou­ble gold star for 50 years of ser­vice and the QSM.

The fire­works dis­play is just one of sev­eral events in­volv­ing Man­gaweka res­i­dents in the leadup to Christ­mas.

Also sched­uled are a book fair on Novem­ber 4 along with the an­nual Christ­mas Fayre in the vil­lage hall on the same day.

Then there is the Fakes and Forg­eries ex­hi­bi­tion, held ev­ery two years, which opens on Novem­ber 4 in the Man­gaweka "Yel­low Church" Gallery, run by Richard Aslett.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

This year’s Man­gaweka fire­works dis­play is set to be big­ger than ever.

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