Pa­rade photo brings back mem­o­ries


Porirua had a Christ­mas pa­rade un­til about 2003 and it was al­ways pop­u­lar. Look­ing through our ar­chives, we found this photo of the Sun­shine Gen­er­a­tion chil­dren’s float from Deb­o­rah Hale Mu­si­cal The­atre, now Dance Plus Per­for­mance Stu­dio & Tal­ent Man­age­ment.

To cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son, we thought we’d put it on our Face­book page to see if we could find out who the chil­dren were.

Sure enough, through the magic of Face­book, all names were sup­plied.

The Ti­tahi Bay pair of Ka­rina and Makere Brad­nam were just young­sters when this photo was taken, but went on to do jus­tice to their fam­ily’s high rep­u­ta­tion in ten­nis.

Makere played ju­nior pro ten­nis and tus­sled sev­eral times with lead­ing New Zealand player Ma­rina Erakovic. She reached the top five ju­niors in New Zealand in her teens. She has be­come an ex­pe­ri­enced ten­nis coach.

Makere re­ports for and co­hosts The Crowd Goes Wild op­po­site Mark Richard­son and An­drew Mul­li­gan.

Ka­rina spent sev­eral years play­ing ten­nis and con­tin­ues to be in­volved in the sport through coach­ing.

She is also an ac­tress, best known for her role in The Devil Dared Me To, which was re­leased in 2007.

Many com­mu­ni­ties around New Zealand have a Christ­mas pa­rade, but not Porirua, even though it is the coun­try’s 10th largest city.


Porirua’s Christ­mas at the Park and fes­ti­val in Cob­ham Court do a fine job of bring­ing the spirit of Christ­mas to the city.

How­ever, the clear re­sponse from our Face­book read­ers was that they would be keen on a Christ­mas pa­rade re­turn­ing in 2016.

Talia Smith said it would be awesome if Porirua had a Christ­mas pa­rade and pointed out it would be fit­ting for its sta­tus as a city.

‘‘I re­mem­ber at­tend­ing them as I was grow­ing up. It was awesome be­ing put on a rel­a­tive’s shoul­ders to see the whole world,’’ Smith

‘‘Such fun and en­ter­tain­ment for the kids as well as for the adults.’’ Shar­maine Muncey


Shar­maine Muncey said she grew up with Christ­mas pa­rades and Christ­mas carols.

‘‘Such fun and en­ter­tain­ment for the kids as well as for the adults. Now ev­ery­thing is so glum so yes, bring it all back and let the chil­dren enjoy,’’ Muncey said.

Mar­garet Smith said she too missed hav­ing a pa­rade.

Don­ald Wright took a dif­fer­ent view, suggest­ing the Christ­mas fes­ti­val and Christ­mas at the Park were bet­ter use of re­sources. What do you think? Email

Christ­mas was in full swing when the Sun­shine Gen­er­a­tion float came past in 1996. From left, Ka­rina and Makere Brad­nam, Joel Humphreys, back, Al­lie Hale-Brown, Court­ney Hale, Laura Brown, back, An­neke Gough, be­hind bal­loons, and Claire Camp­bell.

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