Santa vis­its Man­gakino

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

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.

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