Event weathers storm

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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.

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