1000 faces gather

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

A Porirua ‘‘ re­union’’ could be­come an an­nual event af­ter 1000 peo­ple gath­ered in Porirua Park, in­spired by a Face­book group cel­e­brat­ing the city.

Or­gan­iser Den­nis Makalio Jr, who set up the group in July, says the Homecoming event was a huge suc­cess, at­tract­ing a healthy crowd on Au­gust 19 de­spite poor weather.

‘‘ The vibe was awe­some, I think that was one of the big things about the day,’’ he says. Mayor Nick Leggett opened the fes­tiv­i­ties at 3.30pm, and the crowd was en­ter­tained by Otara Pa­cific dance group SaMove Dance Crew and Porirua reg­gae band Sticks and Shanty.

Lo­cals took to the stage to talk about mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Porirua, Mr Makalio says.

‘‘ The MCs kept the whole crowd alive, they kept ev­ery­one en­ter­tained, they made ev­ery­one kind of en­gaged with each other.’’ Prizes were given out all day. The main event was a group photo to mark the oc­ca­sion, taken in the grand­stand.

Mr Makalio is keen to or­gan­ise a sim­i­lar event and photo ev­ery year in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. He is con­sid­er­ing As­cot Park for a big­ger and bet­ter 2013 Homecoming.

Mem­bers of the 20,000-strong group are now fundrais­ing to send Mr Makalio and his fam­ily to the Gold Coast for a Septem­ber 29 Porirua re­union.

The Porirua Homecoming has also in­spired re­unions in Auck­land, Sydney and Mel­bourne.

Porirua party: A thou­sand mem­bers of the Porirua Face­book group gath­ered for a re­union party in Porirua Park on Au­gust 19.

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