Creek­fest again

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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