Mana support vital
Creekfest is a festival held in the heart of eastern Porirua, Cannons Creek.
It’s the biggest health festival in New Zealand and attracted 35,000 people last year.
Every health and social service provider participates where so many key messages are shared in a fun family day environment.
The day is a real community affair and would not be possible without the financial support of our many funders and sponsors and their generosity is acknowledged constantly through a number of mediums regardless of how much they have contributed.
Mana Community Grants Foundation have always given something towards Creekfest.
In the past three years that I have been organising the event they have given $30,000, which we have been extremely grateful for, though it’s not about the money, it’s about their support which is crucial as they are the only Porirua Gaming Trust with elected Porirua City councillors, current mayor and previous mayors on it and other funders know that.
Without their support it is impossible to expect financial assistance from other gaming funders, which we need.
Personally, I have been humbled by the generosity of all who give to make this day a success, especially our core team, Kitiona Tauira, Benna Sevealii and Cassius Kuresa.
Last year we had 126 registered volunteers, our youth brought their vibrancy and strength and those a little older, their practical commonsense and commitment.
The sun shines every year and Creekfest is an opportunity to showcase eastern Porirua so positively around our region and celebrate our cultural diversity.
It’s always been a pleasure to have been a part of making this day happen and the families and individuals I have come to know in this community.
It has never been about my role in politics.
Healthlinks has continued to facilitate the event as our service to our community to improve health outcomes for all people of Porirua.