‘Best year ever’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The weather gods smiled on Pau­ata­hanui School’s lamb and calf day on Satur­day.

Af­ter tor­ren­tial rain kept many peo­ple away in 2012, pun­ters were de­ter­mined to at­tend this year, lead­ing to a record take of more than $50,000 for the school.

‘‘It was amaz­ing,’’ co-or­gan­iser Lauren Kennedy said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was smil­ing, even the kids who’d queued half an hour for a game.’’

A sum­mery day at­tracted 6000 peo­ple to the ru­ral school’s an­nual fair, with cars parked as far away as Joseph Banks Drive in Whitby.

Retro girl group The Beat­girls sang while fam­i­lies sat on hay bales to have their lunch.

Visi­tors could watch a sheep shearer hard at work and get close to lambs, calves and don­keys at the farm an­i­mal pet­ting zoo.

Another at­trac­tion was the many im­pres­sive auc­tion prizes – a gui­tar signed by Bret McKen­zie went for $900.

Pop­u­lar chil­dren’s games and ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a huge trac­tor­shaped bouncy cas­tle, hot rod rides, a climb­ing wall and a buck­ing bronco.

‘‘ We had some cool stuff this year,’’ Ms Kennedy said. ‘‘It was def­i­nitely the best year ever.’’

Money raised will help build a new ju­nior play­ground.

Pho­tos: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Can do: Henry Miles, 3, brought down a tower of cans with the help of his mother, Re­becca.

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