Weather no bar­rier to fun

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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