Nine houses deck the halls

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Christ­mas is com­ing a lit­tle early to South Taranaki with the Christ­mas House Tour on De­cem­ber 2.

Nine homes are decked to the halls for the en­joy­ment and in­spi­ra­tion of those who par­tic­i­pate in this tour. Dif­fer­ing styles of dec­o­ra­tions have dressed up these homes to be warm and wel­com­ing, sparkly and bright. Each has their own dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter re­flect­ing the style of the house and the taste of the home own­ers. The Tour homes are lo­cated in both ur­ban and ru­ral set­tings with houses in Ha¯ wera town­ship, Tokaora, Manaia, Kakaramea, Nor­manby, and Ohangai. St John’s Church, also dec­o­rated for Christ­mas, will be an ex­tra stopoff point.

One of the tour homes is Tairoa Lodge and a pop-up cafe in the Tairoa church hall will have gourmet-style cafe re­fresh­ments avail­able for pur­chase.

The tour is a fundraiser for Food Bank and the Pres­by­te­rian cen­tre up­grade. Food Bank co­or­di­na­tor Hazel Robin­son is very grate­ful for the will­ing­ness of the home own­ers to par­tic­i­pate in this spe­cial event.

Christ­mas can be a time of in­creased de­mand for the ser­vices of the Food Bank. It is es­pe­cially stress­ful for fam­i­lies that may have work or hous­ing is­sues, a wait to re­ceive a ben­e­fit, have

‘‘We try to pro­vide a lit­tle bit of Christ­mas for them in the food par­cel.’’ Hazel Robin­son

been aban­doned by a for­mer part­ner, or re­ceive a sud­den large bill. Pro­vid­ing a par­cel of food may make all the dif­fer­ence in help­ing them get through a tem­po­rary emer­gency.

‘‘Some peo­ple just break down when they re­ceive food as­sis­tance,’’ said Robin­son. ‘‘They are so thank­ful and grate­ful. We try to pro­vide a lit­tle bit of Christ­mas for them in the food par­cel, some chicken or cake, or a lit­tle pud­ding. We also hear of cases of need where the per­son is too proud to ask them­selves and we will take them some items to help out. Of­ten they are just over­whelmed that some­one would think of them.’’

Tick­ets for the Christ­mas House Tour are $25 and are avail­able for pur­chase for peo­ple 16 and over from Lovell’s Flow­ers, Peta M Gifts and the Pres­by­te­rian Church Of­fice on Ar­gyle Street. Only a lim­ited num­ber of tick­ets are avail­able, so early pur­chase is ad­vised. The town houses will be open un­til 4pm and the coun­try houses un­til 5pm.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact tour co-or­di­na­tor My­ron Bent 06 278 4313.

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