The sun, and the crowds, came out in full force for Porirua’s Festival of the Elements on Waitangi Day.
Festival committee chairman Bob Cater said he thought it was the biggest year yet with more than 35,000 people attending and more than 500 volunteers.
‘‘We all think it went extremely well,’’ he said.
Mr Cater said organisers would know more definite numbers in a few weeks.
The festival, in its 22nd year, provided a range of activities from
skateboarding to musical performances and carnival rides.
‘‘There is such a wealth of different things to do and taste,’’ he said.
Each year the festival focuses on one of the four elements – fire, water, wind and earth.
This year’s focus was fire and next year will be water.
Mr Cater said planning for the next festival would begin shortly.
He said it was a balancing act to keep familiarity while making things different.
‘‘People know they can come along expecting a really happy day out. ‘‘We don’t want to lose that.’’ The festival costs $150,000 to run, Mr Cater said.
Flax challenge: Yarna, left, and Ocean Matete-Stehlin and Donna Huunui learnt to weave with flax in the activity space. Tigers: Amy Block, left, and Maia Hall had their faces painted as tigers to go with fire colours.
Flaming Phoenix: Max Calvert sticks a feather on the Flaming Phoenix.