Beach carnival back on track
It’s been more than 40 years since Hongoeka Marae held a beach carnival. But the way this Saturday’s event is gearing up, it will become an annual fixture again, says organiser Bob Smith.
The Hongoeka and Plimmerton communities have rallied together in preparation for the February 2 festivities, with dozens of stalls and attractions booked.
Mr Smith says he decided to revive the event as a way to fundraise for the marae and bring together its community and neighbouring suburbs.
The carnival will run from 9am to 4pm.
Harley Davidson motorbike rides, a hot rod display, pony rides, a mechanical bull, waka ama, power boats and a water display from Plimmerton Fire Brigade.
There will be loads of activities to keep children entertained, live music, talent quest and a plethora of stalls.
Mr Smith says marae kaumatua Dick Grace will do a karakia at 9am, before Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett opens the carnival.
A hangi ‘‘done the old way’’ is at 1pm. A few stall sites are still available, says Mr Smith, offering a threemetre by six-metre space for a table/ gazebo or tent and car.