Fam­ily day marks start of cam­paign

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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.

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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.

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