Kids em­brace spirit of Christ­mas

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

Stalls and floats over­flowed with colour and fun at the an­nual Porirua Kids’ Mar­ket un­der the Porirua canopies and the Tawa Christ­mas Pa­rade on De­cem­ber 3.

About 30 Tawa com­mu­nity groups put to­gether dec­o­rated floats and cos­tumes and took to the main street, with pi­rates, clowns, princesses and Darth Vader among the char­ac­ters to be seen, as well as tra­di­tional favourites like the na­tiv­ity fam­ily and Fa­ther Christ­mas.

At the spe­cial ‘‘ kids’ only’’ mar­ket, chil­dren were en­cour­aged to set up a stall of hand-made crafts or bak­ing, bring old toys to sell, and play mu­si­cal in­stru­ments to raise money for Christ­mas presents or ex­tra pocket money, and try their hands at com­merce.

This year the mar­ket was hosted by Kapi-mana News, and the Lions Club of Tawa or­gan­ised the Christ­mas pa­rade. For more pa­rade pho­tos: kapi­mananews.co.nz

Mae­stro: Aaron Isaacs, 9, of Pa­pakowhai en­joyed the chance to strum a tune to passersby at the Kids’ Mar­ket. ‘‘I wanted to get some money and play my gui­tar for fun as well.’’

Toy stall: Cousins Ki­lani Ma­son, 4, and Tatiyana Marsters, 7, teamed up to run a sec­ond-hand toy stall at the Kids’ Mar­ket. Be­tween them they sold lots of pic­ture books, a Cin­derella doll, and some cud­dly toys. ‘‘They’ve both grown out of them. They’ve got new toys now, and the left­overs we are do­nat­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army,’’ said nan Tinka Kiri.

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