Gi­ant re­union set for Septem­ber

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay is go­ing to hold the mother of all re­unions over Easter 2013.

A com­mit­tee has been es­tab­lished to drive plans for a sub­urb- en­com­pass­ing get­to­gether and bring to fruition an idea con­ceived more than 15 years ago.

Co-or­gan­iser Vanessa Teague says a re­union of ex-pat Bay folk was held in Coodgee, NSW, in the mid-1990s, and it led to dis­cus­sions of stag­ing a large-scale event back in Ti­tahi Bay.

‘‘ Ear­lier this year some­one said ‘let’s do it’. It’s gone vi­ral, plenty of peo­ple are talk­ing about it.’’

Reg­is­tra­tions close at the end of Septem­ber so or­gan­is­ers can get a gauge on the num­bers at­tend­ing. Tick­ets are $100 cost, which the com­mit­tee says is very rea­son­able com­pared to sim­i­lar re­unions held re­cently.

To en­sure older Bay res­i­dents are cel­e­brated, peo­ple over 70 can take part for free.

At least 400 at­ten­dees are expected, with some al­ready con­firmed from Aus­tralia, the UK and the United States.

The re­union it­self will run over Good Fri­day, Satur­day and Easter Sun­day and start with a wel­come from Ngati Toa.

A meet- and- greet at Te Rau­paraha Arena will be fol­lowed by day­time ac­tiv­i­ties, a sup­per and dance at the Ken­nel Club on Satur­day evening, be­fore a memo­rial ser­vice on Sun­day. Lo­cal schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions will be in­volved.

Co- or­gan­iser Henry Smith hopes a wall com­mem­o­rat­ing Ti­tahi Bay peo­ple who have died can be com­mis­sioned, and for a Ti­tahi Bay ex­hi­bi­tion to be held at Pataka. ‘‘ We just want the whole event to be some­where where peo­ple can so­cialise, tell sto­ries, re­new friend­ships – it’s about the Bay com­ing to­gether. The mem­o­ries that will come out will be pretty spe­cial.’’

On Au­gust 31, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, there will be an open day at Ni­b­lick Hall where the pub­lic can talk to the com­mit­tee and hear what is planned.

Email cmon­the­bay@gmail for more de­tails or visit and the Face­book page. Search for ‘‘Ti­tahi Bay Re­union 2013’’.

Bay re­union: Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers for the big event in 2013, Henry Smith, Vanessa Teague and Dean Wood, have prepa­ra­tions well un­der way.

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