Weather no barrier to fun
Sunday’s Festival of the Elements may have had an economic recession and fickle weather working against it, but the event’s co-ordinator is ‘‘absolutely delighted’’ with the attendance and a programme to suit all tastes.
Misty drizzle and low cloud greeted visitors to Te Rauparaha Park for the festival, although it stayed warm all day. Not many parked up with blankets to watch the acts on the main stage, as has occurred in years past, but foot traffic through the indoor venues – the Arena and Pataka – was pleasing, Margaret Armour said.
‘‘ We were extremely lucky with the weather, obviously it impacted on the programme [the skate competition was cancelled, some stallholders didn’t show] and a few things were cut short. We had a lower budget and many other events like ours aren’t happening at the moment, so we’re really, really pleased with the support we have.
‘‘ The things happening [indoors] were just great and we were just amazed with the numbers of people.’’
Each year they endeavour to add new and exciting events, she said, with ‘‘ the same shape, but different components’’ – the fashion show went down a treat and the music and poetry in the Helen Smith Community Room played to ‘‘packed crowds’’.
The popular ice sculpture competition, was won by Peter Rumble. Decent-sized audiences witnessed varied acts inside the Arena’s main stadium, while the Art Action area was filled with kids showing off their creativity.
Moana magic: Te Rauparaha Arena’s Aquatic Centre was a bustling place but students from Whitireia Community Polytechnic stopped everyone in their tracks as they performed Moana, a tribute to the Cook Islands people.
Happy feet: Members of the Dinami Greek Dancing Group braved the wind on the main stage to show off traditional and modern styles of Greek dance with the crowd whooping and clapping along.