Creek­fest back on de­spite cash short­age

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

Creek­fest – the full-sized ver­sion – is back on the calender and will be staged on March 9, af­ter the Whanau Cen­tre Trust board agreed to un­der­write the event last week. A fort­night af­ter or­gan­iser The Porirua Health­links Trust can­celled the event, it an­nounced Creek­fest was back on at a pub­lic meet­ing last Thurs­day, held to dis­cuss the fes­ti­val’s fu­ture.

A scaled- down ver­sion was mooted to co­in­cide with the Can­nons Creek mar­ket on March 23, but Health­links’ chair­man Steve Kenny said the Whanau Cen­tre Trust de­cided to take on the risk.

‘‘ We made the de­ci­sion to can­cel it [ear­lier this month, with the re­quired fund­ing not se­cured] but have been scram­bling around since then. This is fan­tas­tic news for an iconic Porirua event.’’

Creek­fest or­gan­iser Liz Kelly, who is also the Whanau Cen­tre’s man­ager, said they were $25,000 short of the min­i­mum $65,000 needed to run the event, even though past Creek­fests had cost in ex­cess of $100,000 to stage.

She was con­fi­dent of rais­ing $25,000 be­fore March 9.

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