Toko­roa has busy week­end of cel­e­bra­tion

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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