Tokoroa has busy weekend of celebration
It will be a weekend of fun and celebrations in Tokoroa as South Waikato News, Raukawa Charitable Trust and the Salvation Army hold events to cater for everyone this Saturday.
Starting at 10am at the Salvation Army Church on Balmoral Drive will be a family fun day to pay tribute to the community for their support.
Salvation Army Envoy Rob Raven said the occasion was for the entire family and would have a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, face painting and rides for the children.
‘‘We want to thank the community for supporting the Salvation Army,’’ Mr Raven said.
At 3pm the Raukawa Maori Language Awards will start at Te Wananga o Aotearoa where individuals and groups will be celebrated for their commitment to the reo.
Organiser Charlie Tepana said the black tie event would be exciting.
‘‘ We have our MC extraordinaire Kingi Biddle conducting the night’s programme, our guest speaker will be board chair for Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, Erima Henare.’’ At the awards a ‘‘ very special kuia’’ will be honoured for her work within Maoridom. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Te Kao Kao Roa o Patetere kapa haka roopu and a local singing duo. To purchase tickets for the Raukawa Maori Language Awards phone 885 0260.
Mr Tepana said those attending the event could expect a delicious three-course meal, great entertainment and beautiful surroundings.
‘‘This is an alcohol free event, we will start the night of celebrations which will continue at the Tokoroa Business Awards.’’
The South Waikato News Tokoroa Business Awards will begin at 6pm at the Tokoroa Club on Chambers St.
South Waikato News manager Paula Baxter is thrilled about the ‘‘Tokoroa Big Celebration’’.
‘‘We start off with a family fun day with the Salvation Army, then celebrate the success of those working hard to promote and retain the Maori language, then the last pit stop of the evening is here where we will celebrate local business in our community.’’
Mrs Baxter said guests would be given a complimentary drink on arrival and walk the red carpet and pose for the paparazzi before being ushered into the venue.
A buffet styled dinner and entertainment from band Piston Broke will get the guests into celebration mode.
MC for the evening is local police officer Darren Costar, with guest speaker Taupo MP Louise Upston.
Tickets for the Tokoroa Business Awards are available from the South Waikato News offices on Bridge St.