Fes­ti­val to re­turn to roots

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

A scaled- down Creek­fest- style event will go ahead on March 23, with fund­ing se­cured from Porirua City Coun­cil and health providers.

Cas­sius Kuresa from Re­gional Pub­lic Health and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett told Kapi- Mana News they had se­cured more than $50,000 in fund­ing. The coun­cil has $20,000 set aside – to be re­al­lo­cated af­ter Creek­fest was can­celled last week – and it is hoped a sim­i­lar amount will come from Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board.

‘‘The show will go on,’’ Mr Legget said. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple re­alise that $ 50,000 is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money and we want to keep run­ning an event like this in Porirua East. We don’t need na­tional acts and big stages be­cause we have that with the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments. This [ fes­ti­val] is a grass­roots event and peo­ple want to see it stay that way.’’

The scaled-down ver­sion will be held in the car park be­hind Ora Toa med­i­cal cen­tre on Bed­ford St, Mr Kuresa said. It will be an ex­ten­sion of the Can­nons Creek mar­ket, which has been run­ning since late last year.

En­ter­tain­ment will in­clude mu­sic and a big screen and Can­nons Creek Pool may be used for re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. Health providers will run stalls pro­mot­ing healthy life­style op­tions and the med­i­cal cen­tre will be open.

Can­nons Creek Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Aporo Joyce said Creek­fest needed to re­turn to its hum­ble roots. He wanted new man­age­ment to run it in the fu­ture.

‘‘ There needs to be more accountability and trans­parency. There is so much tal­ent in Porirua. I think Creek­fest has devel­oped a na­tional theme in­stead of a Porirua one, it’s lost its fo­cus.’’

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