Event weathers storm
It may have suffered from a postponement, but the recent Leaders of Tomorrow event in Porirua East was still a success, organisers say.
The celebration of young people, originally planned for September 18, was put back a week because of a stormy weather forecast.
That meant many performers and stallholders couldn’t make it, Tim Manu said.
‘‘However, we still had a great lineup of performances and speakers throughout the day, it was just great to provide a positive atmosphere for young people in Porirua East.’’
He says Leaders of Tomorrow is an idea he has had for years, and was able to make it happen with the help of events team Switch Ink.
His aim was to also help change perceptions of Porirua East.
‘‘I wanted to create an avenue where young people could truly be celebrated, whilst highlighting and showcasing their achievements.
‘‘I have lived in Porirua East all my life and it has saddened me to see what the media or outsiders say about [the area], it lets them determine your value and worth.’’
A highlight of the event was the colourful mural created on the side of the Four Square at the top of Bedford St by local artists Chris Apisai and Joseph Poloie.
Mr Manu says they wanted to steer away from an Americanised ‘‘ ghetto’’ image and present a more positive image for the community.
Everybody’s dancing: Lesley Siala, left, enthusiastically joined in when the DJ called for people to get up and dance during the Leaders of Tomorrow event on September 25.