Birth­day din­ner tops the bill in city cel­e­bra­tions

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Porirua’s 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion over­shad­owed sev­eral other fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity events this year.

In Oc­to­ber, Porirua cel­e­brated 50 years as a city and showed its strong com­mu­nity spirit with a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity and pri­vate events dur­ing the an­niver­sary week­end.

The cen­tre­point was the 50th awards din­ner at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Oc­to­ber 3, when medals were pre­sented to 50 in­di­vid­u­als or cou­ples who have done Porirua proud.

A 50th event with a dif­fer­ence was hosted by the Porirua Club, which cel­e­brated not only the city’s 50th, but the birth­days of peo­ple who were born in 1965.

An­other party, or­gan­ised and planned by res­i­dents, was held at Mun­gavin Hall, and also went off ex­ceed­ingly well.

Dur­ing the year, the big events in­cluded Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments, the Aotea La­goon sum­mer con­cert se­ries, Creek­fest, Black­berry Har­vest Fes­ti­val at Botham­ley Park, sev­eral Matariki cel­e­bra­tions, Christ­mas car­ni­val and fire­works, Christ­mas in the Park, and the Plim­mer­ton mid-win­ter dip.

Even the lure of the Welling­ton Sev­ens couldn’t keep the crowds away from Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments in Fe­bru­ary.

An es­ti­mated 25,000 peo­ple flocked to Te Rau­paraha Park and the sur­round­ing ar­eas to enjoy ev­ery­thing from the na­tional skate­board cham­pi­onships and car­ni­val rides to live mu­sic and food stalls.

Or­gan­iser Mar­garet Ar­mour said in­clement weather meant more peo­ple vis­ited the in­door at­trac­tions at Pataka and Te Rau­paraha Arena.

More than 150 Plim­mer­ton Kinder­garten supporters braved the cold wa­ter for the an­nual mid-win­ter dip on Sun­day, June 28. About 700 at­tended. It was the 19th year it had taken place at Kare­hana Bay in Plim­mer­ton.

The $10,000 raised will be used to up­grade the kinder­garten.

The Porirua Christ­mas car­ni­val was the most re­cent hit, with hun­dreds of Christ­maslov­ing res­i­dents flock­ing to Te Rau­paraha Park to sing carols and catch up with Santa.

Other events of note in­cluded the Eat Drink & Be Crafty fair, Polyfest, Pau­ata­hanui Lamb & Calf Day, the Bridal Expo, the Porirua Grand Tra­verse, Win­ter Mu­sic Cafe Se­ries, the Na­tional Dog Show and In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of the Arts.

The first Ti­tahi Bay Boat­sheds Fes­ti­val was held this month, and proved pop­u­lar.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX

A packed Te Rau­paraha Park for the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

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