Mana Island resort debate raises $8000
A tounge-in-cheek debate about turning Mana Island into a resort has raised thousands for the community.
The second Plimmerton Rotary celebrity debate was a sell-out success and raised $8000 signage for the Te Ara Piko Pathway around Pauatahanui Inlet.
The moot at the debate, held August 21 at the Titahi Bay Bowling Club, was ‘To develop Mana Island into The Mana Island Trumped up Resort and Casino’.
The affirmative team was Chris Gollins, Philip Whearty and Mana MP Kris Faafoi, representing Plimmerton Rotary.
Naturally, that team was well beaten by the all-female team representing Zonta Club of Mana - Minister of Education Hekia Parata, Porirua deputy mayor ‘Ana Coffey and Hannah Creary.
Adjudicator Hewitt Humphrey claimed there was only half a point in it, but the audience knew better - it was a whitewash.
Porirua City Council Northern ward candidate Dale Williams was MC and mayoral candidate Euon Murrell helped auction several artworks, a bottle of Moet, a weekend in a campervan, and a water tank, raising almost $2000 for the cause.