Fruit, vege and Fiji on Creek­fest menu

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

It’s been a hec­tic few weeks for Creek­fest or­gan­iser Liz Kelly, but this Satur­day will make it all seem worth­while she says.

With un­cer­tainty about the fes­ti­val since the new year due to a fund­ing short­fall, it is ex­pected to at­tract thou­sands of rev­ellers to Can­nons Creek Park this Satur­day.

Ms Kelly says it is a re­lief to get to this point, with com­mu­nity in­put and ac­tion see­ing them over the line.

‘‘It’s won­der­ful, truly ex­cit­ing and I know we’re in for a great day, it’s all come to­gether so well.’’

The fo­cus for this year’s fes­ti­val is child health. Ms Kelly says there are marked dis­par­i­ties in child wel­fare in Porirua, so Creek­fest aims to help fam­i­lies make the right choices for their chil­dren.

‘‘It’s ap­pro­pri­ate for us to be con­vey­ing th­ese mes­sages, but it’s not meant to be neg­a­tive. We want to be the fence at the top of the cliff, and make sure peo­ple re­alise the ser­vices that are avail­able to them.’’

More than 100 stalls, in­clud­ing health providers, will be on hand. There will be fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles and Phar­mac and Whi­tireia New Zealand nurses will be present. Gyms will also be run­ning ses­sions to en­cour­age peo­ple to get fit.

Mu­sic will be a cen­tral part of Creek­fest, as al­ways, and Porirua Idol is re­turn­ing. Head­line acts on the main stage in­clude Adeaze, Sav­age, Three Houses Down and Fiji.

Ms Kelly says Benna Se­veali’i from Porirua City Coun­cil and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity were vi­tal in mak­ing Creek­fest hap­pen and de­spite the short time­frame, or­gan­is­ers have it down to a ‘‘fine art’’ when it comes to prepa­ra­tion.

Creek­fest runs from 10am to 4pm. Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall will open the event. Porirua Vik­ings and St Ge­orge Dragons rugby league premiers will play a pre-sea­son match from 3pm.

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