May­oral show­case is the busi­ness

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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