Hospice fundraiser packs hall
It was a blast from Taumarunui’s fashion past as more than 200 garments, designed by the late Michael Mattar, were paraded down the catwalk.
A considerable amount of money was raised for Hospice Waikato, from the sale of 200 tickets at $50 each.
Organisers are still counting the full amount raised from the successful fundraiser.
Co-organiser Lynda Gulbransen said the show was extremely successful with $1200 raised from raffle tickets and the sales of clothes.
The money raised will help provide palliative care services for patients in the Taumarunui and Waikato areas.
This will be the third fashion show Hospice Waikato has held to raise money.
Chief executive, Craig Tamblyn said Taumarunui had the biggest turnout and thanked the community for all their support.
‘‘Support goes to the families as well so they can have those special moments.
‘‘We work with patients and their families to make every moment count.
‘‘The money raised will allow us to do that.’’
There are nine patients and their families in Taumarunui who are being supported by Hospice Waikato.
Every garment has a story and the Mattar family were ‘‘thrilled’’ to offer his garments for a great cause.
Members of the public have also come forward to lend their Mattar originals to help raise much needed funds.
Seamstress, Anne Rupe worked for Mattar and got the chance to see a wedding dress she’d sewn in 1965.
More than 200 garments and 16 wedding gowns were shown on the catwalk.
People travelled from far and wide to buy garments designed by the fashionista who was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal.
Fondly known as ‘‘Billy,’’ Mattar was the son of immigrant Lebanese parents who settled in Taumarunui.
His parents owned their own business working as tailors in Hakiaha St.
The gifted designer followed his dream and took over the business creating high fashion designs.
His legacy still lives on and many of his designs and clothes are still worn today. Vehicle crowding at both ends of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has led to the department of Conservation imposing a four hour parking limit.
The limit means those doing the full crossing will have to park elsewhere and take a shuttle to the start and from the end of the trek.
Changes this summer season [October 21-April 30] also includes a request from iwi for people to stay out of lakes, streams and mountain tops.
The time limit is designed to give visitors time to enjoy short walks, but people wanting to do the entire hike, which takes an average of six to eight hours to complete, will need to use shuttle transport.
Shuttle services operate from Whakapapa, National Park Village, Turangi, Taupo¯, Ohakune and Raetihi.
Local kaumatua, Te Ngaehe Wanikau, explained the other request by saying the mountain peaks and all waterways on Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu were sacred to Ngati Hikairo Ki Tongariro’’
The Department of Conservation is also removing access signs to the peaks.
Dressed in day wear the models add a few finishing touches before going on stage.