Ara­puni tal­ents boost mar­ket’s re­vival

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Af­ter the suc­cess­ful re­launch of the Ara­puni Mar­ket and Car Boot Sale in late 2016 its or­gan­is­ers are an­tic­i­pat­ing the same for round two this Sun­day.

The orig­i­nal mar­ket was dis­banded sev­eral years ago be­cause there were not enough or­gan­is­ers to help out.

Now, glass pain­ter Jan Hardy, qual­i­fied herbalist Shar­ron Hardy [no re­la­tion to Jan] and Hine Lloyd, who was in­volved with the orig­i­nal mar­ket, are about to change all that.

Based on the pos­i­tive feed­back af­ter the re­launch last spring they have de­cided to hold two mar­kets a year at the Ara­puni Hall.

‘‘The spring mar­ket was kind of like a re­union in a way and many peo­ple that used to live here came back just for the mar­ket so they could see ev­ery­one. It went re­ally well,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We are now go­ing to try and or­gan­ise it for spring and autumn every year and just build on the store hold­ers we have,’’ Jan said.

Lloyd said Ara­puni was an arty vil­lage and the mar­ket was a chance to cel­e­brate lo­cal tal­ent.

‘‘There are a lot of artists in this vil­lage and within the area and we are want­ing them to have a place where they can sell their arts and crafts while also pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment for fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

‘‘It is like a cel­e­bra­tion day for lo­cal fam­i­lies while also giv­ing peo­ple from sur­round­ing ar­eas some­thing to do,’’ Shar­ron said.

Jan said all sorts of stalls will be on of­fer from her own glass paint­ing cre­ations, which are sold at New Zealand’s in­ter­na­tional air­ports, to plants, home­made pick­les and jams, and Shar­ron’s herbal creams and medicines.

‘‘Shar­ron and I both reg­u­larly go to mar­kets so we have been hand­ing out lots of pam­phlets and any­one that wants to come is more than wel­come to have a stall,’’ she said.

‘‘We are full in the hall al­ready so it is just out­side stalls now but most peo­ple have gaze­bos any­way.’’

Lloyd said a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren are also be­ing or­gan­ised such as face and rock paint­ing and a bouncy cas­tle.

Lo­cal buskers are also be­ing en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Pro­ceeds from the mar­ket will go to­wards buy­ing new tables for the com­mu­nity hall.

The mar­ket starts at 9am and stalls and car boots cost $15 each. To book phone 07 883 5673.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

From left Ara­puni Mar­ket or­gan­is­ers Jan Hardy, Shar­ron Hardy, and Hine Lloyd.

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