Big changes for Big Weekend
Big changes are planned for this year’s annual Big Weekend Christmas event in Tokoroa.
The committee behind the popular two day December event, which incorporates Carols in the Park, the Tokoroa Christmas Parade, and the Tokoroa A&P Show, is looking at a range of changes to combat growing pressure from other events for the same audience.
That could include changing times, activities, and even the venue; currently the Tokoroa Memorial Sportsground.
Speaking on behalf of the Tokoroa Ministers Association, which organises Carols in the Park on the Friday night before the Christmas parade and A&P show, Pastor Tony Fuimaono said Leith Pl has been suggested as a new venue.
‘‘Having it come into town rather than the park I think will be really good because then shops can be kept open,’’ he said.
‘‘Rather than starting at 6pm [and finish at 9pm], when a lot of people are still having their dinners, may be people would also like to come out a little later so have it [finish] about 10pm.’’
‘‘If it goes to that time shops can be kept open which I think is a great idea but it will have to be subject to everyone’s agreement,’’ he said.
Fuimaono said he’s also working on getting some big names to this year’s event.
‘‘[All Blacks] Jerome Kaino’s brother in law has been coming every year and he has promised me he is going to get Jerome to come down this year. We are also looking at getting the Adeaze boys who are very well known singers who grew up in Tokoroa,’’ he said.
Chairman Rod Nicholas said the A&P show is also set for a shake up.
‘‘Traditional A&P show things will continue with cattle and horses but again we are having a serious discussion about those things as well,’’ he said.
‘‘There are a lot of horse events on now and the type of horse events we put on don’t suit horse people so I think we are on the cusp of doing some quite major changes with them.’’
He said some A&P show activities could also move to Leith Pl.
Tony Williams, who coordinates the Christmas Parade on behalf of the City Lions, said due to its popularity eventually the start point in Kindergarten St may have to be reconsidered.
‘‘At this stage we are very happy,’’ he said.
People have been leaving their property, such as cellphones and handbags, unattended in public places and have come back to find it has gone.
People need to remember that they are responsible for their own property and if they leave it unattended they can expect it to be stolen.
The same goes for children leaving bags unattended at school.
There was a suspicious house fire in Nevis Cr on Sunday afternoon in Tokoroa at about 2.30pm.
Our investigations into this are just beginning so if anyone has any information contact us at the station on 885 0100 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.