Creek­fest can­cel­la­tion dis­ap­points

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Creek­fest has been can­celled due to a lack of fund­ing, but may yet rise again this year.

In an ad­ver­tise­ment in to­day’s Kapi-Mana News, Porirua Health­links Trust chair­man Steve Kenny says it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the event could be staged in De­cem­ber and be­come a bian­nual fes­ti­val run in con­junc­tion with the Re­lay For Life. A scaled­down fes­ti­val in March was pro­posed but re­jected be­cause the com­mu­nity ex­pected a qual­ity event.

Creek­fest’s or­gan­iser Liz Kelly says she is ‘‘gut­ted, really gut­ted’’ the fes­ti­val will not go ahead for the first time in 10 years. As the city’s deputy mayor, she sees it as an op­por­tu­nity lost.

‘‘I’m more dis­ap­pointed that we have the chance to put a spot­light on Porirua East in a pos­i­tive way, it is an in­cred­i­ble mar­ket­ing tool and an iconic event.

‘‘Peo­ple come from all around the re­gion and have a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence in Can­nons Creek.’’

Porirua Health­links Trust fell about $ 50,000 short of the $ 117,000 needed to stage Creek­fest, she said.

Ms Kelly re­it­er­ated her be­lief that ‘‘ this city’s lead­ers’’ – mem­bers of Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion, who turned down Health­links’ fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for $ 27,000 – should shoul­der some of the blame.

‘‘It’s im­pos­si­ble to ex­pect out­side fun­ders to sup­port it if the lo­cal foun­da­tion turn it down. It’s cre­ated a rip­ple ef­fect.’’

The or­gan­iser of the first Creek­fest, Wil­lie Tau­rima, greated the news with sad­ness.

He re­called reg­gae band Katchafire head­lin­ing in 2004, the stage set up in the then-empty space next to the bas­ket­ball court on Bed­ford St.

‘‘ We wanted to bring peo­ple to­gether for a cel­e­bra­tion and we achieved that.

‘‘It is dis­ap­point­ing what’s hap­pened, but that’s the re­al­i­ties to­day, it takes money to hold th­ese events.’’

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