Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion planned

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

The Christ­mas bells will still ring for Porirua City.

De­spite last weeks news that the an­nual Christ­mas at the Park event had been can­celled, Mayor Nick Leggett said Porirua will still have its spe­cial day.

‘‘There’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a Christ­mas event.’’

Leggett said Porirua City Coun­cil ran a Christ­mas car­ni­val, but it was specif­i­cally fo­cused on chil­dren.

‘‘Af­ter 20 years of Christ­mas at the Park peo­ple ex­pect a Christ­mas event.’’

He said the coun­cil will con­sult with Porirua res­i­dents to find out what they want, but there wasn’t much time be­fore the fes­tive sea­son.

‘‘When I was a kid Porirua had a Christ­mas Pa­rade, ev­ery­one loved it and it was a chance for peo­ple to come out and show off their groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions.’’

He said the coun­cil had been pleased to sup­port Christ­mas at the Park and ac­knowl­edged the work done by it’s or­gan­is­ers.

Last week Porirua Christ­mas at the Park com­mit­tee chair­man Robert Brace said the events bud­get of $80,000 had been in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to meet.

‘‘This year we had an ex­pec­ta­tion of $45,000 from our sup­port­ive fun­ders, but that still left us short of $35,000. It was a bridge too far,’’ he said.

Porirua peo­ple are in­vited to email their ideas for an­other event to RBal­dock@pcc.govt.nz.

Last week the news of the Christ­mas can­cel­la­tion was met with mixed re­ac­tions on Neigh­bourly.

Carol Dob­son from Ti­tahi Bay said she wouldn’t per­son­ally miss the event but felt for oth­ers who would.

‘‘I have never at­tended ei­ther as Christ­mas isn’t re­ally my thing. It is a shame for the chil­dren though it makes their Christ­mas spe­cial.’

Sean Wakely from Can­nons Creek Christ­mas had been stolen.

‘‘There is a real, live grinch out there, maybe feel­ing safe in a group or com­mit­tee who has caused/aided in the theft of Christ­mas.’’ felt

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