Young­sters con­trib­ute to Christ­mas fun


Christ­mas festivities will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in Ngaru­awahia with no Christ­mas pa­rade planned this year.

The Christ­mas on Jes­mond event will take place on Sun­day.

That doesn’t mean the com­mu­nity won’t have their own in­put as lo­cal early child­hood cen­tres have dec­o­rated small trees to be hung up on the Jes­mond St.

The pro­ject was or­gan­ised by the Twin Rivers Art Cen­tre and the trees were made out of old real es­tate signs.

About six each were sent to Gal­braith Kinder­garten, New­cas­tle Kinder­garten, Kids Time Kinder­garten and Ac­tive Dis­cov­er­ers Ed­u­care for the young­sters to dec­o­rate how they wish.

’’At the end of the day we wanted it to look like a fun kids’ thing, we wanted the kids to be in­volved,’’ Twin Rivers Art Cen­tre volunteer June Row­land said.

‘‘We wanted some­thing fun and bright.’’

Volunteer Alex Parr contributed by at­tach­ing the mini trees with a fish­ing swivel in or­der for them to spin in the wind.

Although floats will not fea­ture in Ngaru­awahia, the cen­tre will still bring along Santa and his sleigh.

Vol­un­teers at the cen­tre will also be mak­ing a three-me­tre tall Christ­mas tree made out of the signs too, and a dec­o­ra­tion sta­tion is open for the com­mu­nity on the day.

Ngaru­awahia Com­mu­nity House man­ager Anne Ram­say said they strayed away from floats this year as it was a big ask for small businesses.

Held from 10am to 2pm, there will be stilt walkers, food and craft stalls, a merry-go-round, tod­dler play-land along with other ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘It’s a fun fam­ily-fo­cused day... the kids have pro­vided the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions this year which is great.’’

She said by us­ing the cen­tre of town, it’ll be more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

Twin Rivers Art Cen­tre vol­un­teers June Row­land, left, and Marama Olsen are work­ing hard to put the fi­nal touches on dec­o­ra­tions.

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