Family day marks start of campaign
More than 250 people came along for a family day in the sun at Takahanga Domain on Saturday, where the Kaikoura ViolenceFree Network held an event which included music, music celebrities and kid’s activities.
The family day marked the start of the Safer Kaikoura Strategy, which begins 18 months of activities, starting with the ‘‘It’s not OK’’ campaign, with the focus on awareness and prevention of family violence.
Speaking for the organisers of the event, the Kaikoura Violence Free Network, Annie Bermingham said the biggest success was all the local groups who performed.
‘‘Everyone was willing to help and participate, and that’s what made it so successful. It was great to see all those people get together,’’ said Bermingham. ‘‘ The Maori wardens were amazing, they worked from start to finish to make it happen, including the 600 sausages they provided,’’ she said.
Te Ahi Wairua o Kaikoura performed kapahaka, and so did the young learners from Barnados. Eagerly awaited guest star Tee, of
fame, sang on stage, after arriving the previous day to a cold southerly and snow down to 1500 metres, but he wasn’t too bothered.
‘‘I grew up in Tokoroa, I can handle it,’’ he said.
He said he was enjoying the hospitality on his visit to Kaikoura.
‘‘I’m glad to play my part in the day. It’s good to be invited to be part of it,’’ he said.
A highlight was a vocal performance of Herb’s classic by Kaikoura’s own TV star, Te Aomihia Te Huia.
Guest star: Fans meet singer, Tee at the White Ribbon family day where he performed on Saturday. From left are Alicia Park, Te Amo Solomon, Tee, Myra Timms, and at front are Allie Mitchell and Charlie Posa.
Sack racers: Maia Callow, left, and Manaia Harnett enjoy some of the activities at the White Ribbon family day on Saturday.
Speedy dash: Sergeant Matt Boyce of the Kaikoura police used a radar gun to measure runners’ speed. Nikora Wati reached 32kmh, just shy of Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s record 44kmh.