Santa visits Mangakino
Mangakino was buzzing last weekend as Christmas festivities took over the town.
Families enjoyed a giant waterslide, a merry-goround, jeep rides, an abundance of food and second-hand goods stalls as well as a live band.
Mangakino community co-ordinator Nan Munro and Taupo District councillor for the Mangakino ward Kirsty Trueman organised the day’s events.
‘‘We had a large turnout. It was a great family day out,’’ Mrs Munro said.
Prior to the announcement of the winning floats a minute’s silence was observed in honour of the 29 Pike River miners who lost their lives.
A bucket for donations for the miners’ families of the miners was passed around with a total of $166.90 received.
‘‘We feel for the families of the miners,’’ Mrs Munro said, ‘‘I think every little bit we can do to help will ease some of the burdens they will face.’’
There was a variety of different floats in the parade, from zumba dancing grannies to mythical tales of Maui. Eight floats entered the competition. In the school section, Mangakino Area School came first with Whakamaru School second and RangiAmokura Kohanga reo third.
In the community section the Tauranga whanau came first, St Josephs second and Mangakino Senior Citizens third.
Mrs Munro said the weather was a scorcher and everyone had a fun day.
UNDER THE SEA: Kevin Kelly in the role of King Neptune thrusts his triton.