The flags are up, stallholders, sports and entertainment have been confirmed – all is in readiness for another Creekfest.
This year’s event, the largest of its kind in New Zealand, takes place on March 12, and visitors to Cannons Creek Park will see a similar layout to 2010. The sports will be front and centre, with football added to the mix this time. Then there will be the 130 stalls that funnel towards the stage.
There has been tweaking, with the event running from 10am to 4pm, finishing earlier than years past. There is just the one stage and not as many food stalls this time.
Headline act J Williams will be on stage at 2pm. He will be complemented on the day by Box Juice, Ben Lummis, Vince Harder, K1 and the Infinite Dance Crew.
‘‘It’s an exciting lineup and there will be local talent performing as well,’’ organiser Liz Kelly says.
Other new additions include a volleyball tournament, the police obstacle course (which cadets are required to master), a pre-season rugby league match involving the Porirua Vikings premiers and stalls from the armed forces.
Although there was a dispute between key funder Capital & Coast District Health Board and organisers Healthlinks last year over who ‘‘ owned’’ the event, it’s been full steam ahead in terms of preparation, Ms Kelly says.
‘‘This is an event that celebrates the culture and diversity of Porirua East, and promotes healthy living and upskilling, those are the messages we’ve never lost sight of. Sure, some stuff happened [in 2010] but we’re through that, and this is going to be a huge day. The feedback I’m getting says it will be the biggest yet, there’s a really good feeling around.’’
The ‘‘Are you ready?’’ theme from previous years has had ‘‘Now it’s got to be done’’ added to it – a call to action to make a difference in your life, Ms Kelly says. A questionnaire will seek input from stallholders and the public on how well they think the day has been run.
Last week colourful flags went up along Mungavin Ave, ‘‘setting the scene’’ and acting as a directional tool towards Cannons Creek Park.
Pacific Health’s Kitiona Tauira says Creekfest is the perfect chance for people to come face-to-face with representatives from different health agencies and organisations like Housing New Zealand.
‘‘ There’s a lot of informationsharing, it’s a positive environment that we’re [Pacific Health] totally in support of.’’
New flags: Creekfest organiser Liz Kelly, left, and Kitiona Tauira, from Pacific Health, below one of the Creekfest flags on Mungavin Ave.