Chilly chal­lenge for mid­win­ter dip­pers


Record num­bers braved southerly winds for the Plim­mer­ton Kinder­garten mid­win­ter dip on Sun­day.

Co-or­gan­iser Me­gan Kr­ish­nan said the tar­get of $10,000 was ex­ceeded – enough to fi­nally fin­ish the kinder­garten’s out­door space, which will in­clude an area of astroturf.

Kr­ish­nan said $40,000 had been raised over the past four years.

All up the work was ex­pected to cost the kinder­garten $48,000. Work on the out­door space will start next month.

‘‘It has been a long road to get there, but we are re­ally thrilled,’’ she said.

She said about 450 people turned up and 130 ac­tu­ally dipped.

‘‘It was pretty cold with that southerly. It had a bit of a bite to it.’’

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Mana MP Kris Faafoi were among the dip­pers.

One of the more mem­o­rable cos­tumes was two people dressed as a camel.

‘‘Ap­par­ently it was quite dif­fi­cult to dip,’’ Kr­ish­nan said.

And of course, there was no short­age of Frozen princesses.

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