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The city coun­cil will be feel­ing un­der pres­sure to cre­ate a Wai­tangi Day event to re­place the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments af­ter the vol­un­tary group that drove it for 25 years pulled out this month.

With the event now at­tract­ing 30,000 peo­ple, the work­load just got too much for them.

It’s un­der­stood the Porirua Arts Coun­cil had warned the city coun­cil that things were get­ting too much, so more might come out in the wash about why things got to this point.

The event cost $175,000 but roughly only a third of that came from the coun­cil. It might have to look at ei­ther in­creas­ing its stake or find­ing sup­port from an­other char­i­ta­ble group to al­low the event to ap­ply for var­i­ous grants and funds to make up the dif­fer­ence.

The Mayor says the city will find a way, and with so much pub­lic sup­port, it will be good to see what the coun­cil comes up with.

- Jared Ni­coll, Se­nior Re­porter

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