Mar­ket um­brel­las at dawn in Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JARED NICOLL

‘‘We feel the Wai­tan­girua Shop­ping Mall lo­ca­tion was work­ing well to bring Porirua to­gether. ’’

Will the real Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket please stand up?

While the Porirua Satur­day Mar­ket, run by the Lions Club of Ti­tahi Bay, will con­tinue of­fer­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles from the Wai­tan­girua Shop­ping Mall carpark, Porirua City Coun­cil has an­nounced that a new Cob­ham Court Farm­ers Mar­ket will run at sim­i­lar times on Satur­days in the CBD from Oc­to­ber 14.

The new mar­ket, owned and op­er­ated by a pair of city cen­tre food kiosk man­agers, will be tar­geted more to­ward ar­ti­san foods and crafts.

How­ever, Ti­tahi Bay Lions trea­surer John Lin­schoten said time would tell if the area could sup­port two mar­kets.

‘‘We feel the Wai­tan­girua Shop­ping Mall lo­ca­tion was work­ing well to bring Porirua to­gether.

‘‘Hope­fully it will con­tinue to do so for the fu­ture. We live in a com­pet­i­tive world th­ese days.’’

The club, which had over­seen a fruit and veg­etable mar­ket in Cob­ham Ct since 1997, shifted its mar­ket to Wai­tan­girua af­ter fail­ing to reach an agree­ment with the coun­cil over im­prove­ments the coun­cil wanted to im­prove its vi­brancy back in 2015.

‘‘We were in­ter­ested [in] Cob­ham Ct, though we tend to find the cur­rent mar­ket was not the right feel for those pulling the strings within coun­cil.’’

The Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tors for the Cob­ham Ct ten­der would have been dif­fi­cult for the club to at­tain long-term, he said.

Cob­ham Court Farm­ers Mar- ket own­ers and op­er­a­tors Derek Rolls and Rick Unuia said they want to of­fer the full mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence, with pad­dock-to-plate fare from mak­ers, bak­ers and grow­ers.

Rolls said the pair were tar­get­ing or­ganic and spray-free smaller niche grow­ers. ‘‘Our aim is to have a core of reg­u­lar top qual­ity stall hold­ers, with oth­ers ro­tat­ing in around the sea­sonal changes, such as av­o­cado and cit­rus grow­ers.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil city growth and strate­gic prop­erty man­ager Dar­ryn Grant said the Cob­ham Court Farm­ers Mar­ket ‘‘will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for Porirua and dif­fer­ent to what is on of­fer through the Lions’’.

‘‘Coun­cil feels that both mar­kets of­fer pos­i­tive ben­e­fits for build­ing the com­mu­nity and pro­vid­ing even more op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tor at­trac­tion in the city.’’

There was a de­sire for a niche­of­fer­ing cen­tred around ar­ti­san food, crafts, and lo­cal la­bels ‘‘to add to the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion work un­der­way in the city cen­tre’’.

He said the coun­cil did not re­ceive a pro­posal from the Lions club when it re­quested them ear­lier this year.

In an at­tempt to give the mar­ket a boost in 2012, the coun­cil ex­tended the clos­ing hours and, in 2013, it in­stalled power and wa­ter in Cob­ham Ct at a cost of $134,000.

AN­DREW GORRIE/STUFF

The orig­i­nal Lions Club of Ti­tahi Bay’s Porirua Satur­day Mar­ket at Cob­ham Court in 2005. Ti­tahi Bay Lions trea­surer John Lin­schoten

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