Porirua pride on show at may­oral show­case

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Plenty of pride was on show among the hun­dreds of busi­ness own­ers and thou­sands of vis­i­tors who flocked to Porirua’s May­oral Show­case on April 28.

The busi­ness expo, a part­ner­ship be­tween Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce and Porirua City Coun­cil, was a key step to build­ing pride and a flour­ish­ing busi­ness net­work, said cham­ber of com­merce ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Holly Thompson.

‘‘There has been a pride is­sue in Porirua but I think the tide’s turn­ing and I think this event re­ally shows how proud peo­ple are to be here,’’ Ms Thompson said.

April’s expo was the sec­ond the cham­ber had or­gan­ised within a year.

The May­oral Show­case is a step­ping stone for Porirua busi­nesses to ex­pos in Welling­ton and be­yond, she said. ‘‘Peo­ple want to know the per­son they’re deal­ing with, not just the busi­ness. That’s what makes events like this so im­por­tant.’’

One new­bie to the expo scene was Rachel Th­waites, who was of­fered a free stall by Ms Thompson to pro­mote her food­col­lect­ing ini­tia­tive, Feed with Love.

Ms Th­waites is aim­ing to fill food banks’ shelves by this week, af­ter she read the char­i­ties were strug­gling.

‘‘Her at­ti­tude is fan­tas­tic,’’ Ms Thompson said.

‘‘What she’s done is look at a prob­lem in the com­mu­nity and said, ‘This is what I can do’, rather than put it in the toohard bas­ket.’’

Now that the May­oral Show­case is mov­ing into an an­nual au­tumn slot, plenty more busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups are keen to get on board, Ms Thompson said.

Artists and mu­si­cians are even en­quir­ing how they can con­trib­ute next year.

‘‘The mes­sage is, ‘This is our city’, and so the more peo­ple who are proud and re­ally keen to be part of that mes­sage is re­ally great for us.’’

Feed­ing the needy: Sarah Kelly and Rachael Th­waites at Ms Th­waites’ ‘‘Feed with Love’’ stall. Ms Th­waites was given a free stall by Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce to pro­mote her char­i­ta­ble food bank drive.

Glam girls: Sis­ters Te­sara Faleafaga, 10, and Am­ber-jay Faleafaga, 4, glam up be­tween serv­ing cus­tomers at their Kids’ Mar­ket beauty stall.

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