Hun­dreds ex­pected

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

‘‘A new be­gin­ning for the old road’’ is the theme of a fes­ti­val in Ranui this Satur­day that prom­ises sto­ries, guided walks and games in Botham­ley Park.

The fledg­ling Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion is hop­ing to com­plete its vil­lage plan this year, and the fes­ti­val is a way to bring its com­mu­nity to­gether and en­cour­age in­put. A sim­i­lar fes­ti­val was held at Porirua East School last year and at­tracted more than 400 peo­ple.

Fin­gers are crossed for good weather this Satur­day.

Chair­woman Lepeti Tea says Botham­ley Park is the ‘‘ green heart’’ of Porirua, form­ing a link to so many dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the city.

‘‘There’s so much his­tory here, we used to call this [route through the park] the ‘old road’, where our fam­i­lies could walk from Kenepuru all the way through to Pau­ata­hanui.’’

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Coun­cil and mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Max work scheme have done a won­der­ful job clean­ing the area up, she says, and it is a per­fect lo­ca­tion for the fes­ti­val.

There will be sto­ries told, reg­u­lar guided walks on the day, four mu­rals be­ing painted by young peo­ple, stalls and en­ter­tain­ment, and even ‘‘ old school’’ games like egg and spoon and sack races.

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring pic­nics and res­i­dents from through­out Porirua are wel­come.

A key theme for the event is ‘‘in­for­ma­tion shar­ing’’, says Ms Tea.

‘‘There will be plenty for peo­ple to see and do, and we will be pro­mot­ing healthy liv­ing, but the main aim is to raise that aware­ness of both the park it­self and our vil­lage plan. We want peo­ple to com­ment on where they see the fu­ture of Ranui and this park go­ing.’’

The fes­ti­val will take place in the park en­trance op­po­site the Windley/Cham­pion St junc­tion, and will run from 11am till 2pm.

School in­ter­est: Pupils from a num­ber of schools will be present at the Botham­ley Park Fes­ti­val this Satur­day, in­clud­ing a num­ber from Can­nons Creek School

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