El­e­ments Fes­ti­val

Kapi-Mana News - - FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

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.

Pho­tos: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

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.

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