Night mar­ket pop­u­lar

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

The Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce is pleased with how a pop-up night mar­ket fo­cused on food trucks went last Thurs­day.

The mar­ket in Cob­ham Court has been up in the air since the Ti­tahi Bay Lions moved its tra­di­tional Satur­day mar­ket to Wai­tan­girua Mall in May.

Last year the coun­cil said it wanted to have a ‘‘re­freshed’’ mar­ket in Cob­ham Court, but so far noth­ing has been fi­nalised and there were few groups lob­by­ing to re­place the Lions mar­ket there.

Aleisha Rouse, from the cham­ber, said the night mar­ket was a huge suc­cess and that the at­mos­phere was ‘‘awe­some’’.

‘‘Hun­dreds of peo­ple came down and the trucks sold out of food,’’ she said.

‘‘It was great to see ev­ery­one down there, even though it was cold.’’

Rouse said the cham­ber would love to do it again.

‘‘We’re pos­si­bly look­ing at a monthly mar­ket for now, and might in­crease it over sum­mer.’’

Wendy Walker, the Porirua City Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of strat­egy and plan­ning, said all the feed­back was that the night mar­ket was great.

‘‘We re­gard it as a roar­ing suc­cess,’’ she said. ‘‘Mak­ing it a reg­u­lar thing would be ex­cel­lent. I We’re keen on any­thing that brings peo­ple to Cob­ham Court and adds to the vi­brancy there.’’

Porirua had a taste of what a night mar­ket in Cob­ham Court could look like on Thurs­day night last week.

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