Cre­at­ing mem­o­ries main aim of events

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Man­gakino’s Pouakani Marae will hold a se­ries of food and hunt­ing events this week­end.

The Hunt 4 Easter com­pe­ti­tion will be held as part of a fundrais­ing drive for Pouakani Marae.

Or­gan­iser Vanessa Te Whaiti- True­man said the event will be held at both the lake­front and the Te Awhina hall.

Fes­tiv­i­ties will in­clude a hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion, waka ama and pad­dle­boat rides and a global food fes­ti­val.

‘‘It’s about do­ing things with your fam­ily and friends, mak­ing new friends . . . Ki Barker, the lo­cal wake­board­ing spe­cial­ist will be about for any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing the wa­ter­sport, want­ing to im­prove your skills, and up­grade your kit.

‘‘ There will be bouncy cas­tles around on the day gen­er­ously pro­vided by the Man­gakino agency youth group for the lit­tle ones to so­cialise in while the adults sam­ple the se­lec­tion of food that will be on of­fer as part of the fundraiser for the marae.’’

The food fes­ti­val will be held from 9am un­til 1pm while the weigh- in for hunters will run from 12 to 3pm on Satur­day.

‘‘Ini­tially, it was all about tak­ing the kids out­side, learn­ing a few trap­ping skills but mainly about cre- at­ing great mem­o­ries as a fam­ily.’’

Tar­gets could in­clude rab­bits and pos­sums.

When asked if it was sim­i­lar to The Big 3, Mrs Te Whaiti-True­man said: ‘‘ I’m not sure, it is sim­i­lar to other hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘Ridge­line have their own judges whom we are us­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion. They have been do­ing this for years and that gives us the con­fi­dence that we want to get the job done on the day.’’

Pouakani Marae opened its doors to the pub­lic last year, when the com­mu­nity raised funds to re­build the marae af­ter an ar­son at­tack in 2007, which brought Ta­mateapokai Whenua wharenui to the ground.

MARAE FUNDRAISER: Pouakani Marae Hunt 4 Easter event in on this week­end.

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