Toko­roa is set to go off with an ex­plo­sive bang!

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - TAMARA THORN

Toko­roa is all set to go off with a bang after the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil agreed to pro­vide a $7800 grant for fire­works.

The South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil have pro­vided the funds for the fire­works night which will co­in­cide with the ‘Take a Kid Fish­ing’ com­pe­ti­tion on Novem­ber 3-5, at Lake Moananui.

Co­or­di­na­tor Cath Mcpher­son said the funds opened up the op­por­tu­nity for the event to be some­thing greater than just a fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

She said in the past 15 years the club has grown the com­pe­ti­tion from three chil­dren in the first year, to more than 300 chil­dren by 2015.

This year will be the tenth com­pe­ti­tion and it will be open to the pub­lic from 4pm Fri­day to 12pm Sun­day, when it will be end with a prize giv­ing.

How­ever, this year the co­or­di­nat­ing team have in­cluded a pro­fes­sional fire­works dis­play that will light the sky’s over the lake on Satur­day evening.

‘‘We as a club have been work­ing with the owner and an amaz­ing py­rotech­n­cian from Auck­land’s Boom­boom Fire­works Ltd to develop a fan­tas­tic aerial dis­play that will last a mas­sive nine min­utes long, that will be able to be seen from all around the Mcpher­son

She said fam­i­lies from around the dis­trict can come to the lake through­out the week­end for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mcpher­son said it was an op­por­tu­nity to make an event about the com­mu­nity, with free en­try. There would be Koha Col­lec­tion buck­ets go­ing around the lake with those do­na­tions go­ing back into the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We have had great feed­back from both busi­nesses and fam­i­lies in sup­port of the fire­works dis­play, say­ing how much they would en­joy watch­ing a pro­fes­sional lake,’’ said dis­play rather than to waste their money on store bought packs.’’

Mcpher­son said they have now got the op­por­tu­nity to do that here in our com­mu­nity and for our fam­i­lies.

She said ‘Take a Kid Fish­ing’ and the fire­works dis­play will cost $9400.

‘‘With our cur­rent Toko­roa pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 13,000 peo­ple, and our sur­round towns Pu­taruru, Ti­rau, Whaka­maru and Man­gakino adding another 9000, that is only a cost of .42c per per­son or around $2.50 per fam­ily.

Fire­works will be go­ing tak­ing place at the up­com­ing fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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