Mayoral showcase is the business
The prizes and fair-like atmosphere of Saturday’s Mayoral Showcase attracted visitors from throughout the Wellington region as the second business showcase hosted by Porirua City Council was declared a success.
Te Rauparaha Arena was turned into a marketplace and cafe for the event. People ate, networked, shopped and got stuck into the activities and games offered by many businesses.
Visitors were able to decorate biscuits, test gym equipment and have a play on fancy computers, and children were occupied with lolly consumption and setting up their own businesses at the KapiMana News Kids Market.
The Mayoral Showcase was first held last September and serves two functions, Mayor Nick Leggett said. It allows the public to learn more about local businesses, and it fosters networking among the businesses themselves.
The event has grown hugely since September, with much bigger crowds and more than a hundred stalls this time, Mr Leggett said. Interest from outside Porirua, particularly from Tawa, was gratifying.
The council’s stall proved popular, with people scrambling to get bumper stickers declaring, ‘‘I love Porirua City’’, with versions for each of Porirua’s suburbs.
Mr Leggett said he was able to meet more residents in a day than he usually does in a month.
‘‘It’s great for the council, and it’s great for Porirua’s businesses.’’
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Bumper show: Mayor Nick Leggett, with Harbourview Rest Home’s two Sue Smiths. The council’s ‘‘I love Porirua’’ bumper stickers were a particular hit with the crowd at the showcase.