Awesome Awapuni Day bounces back
Fingers crossed there won’t be another Saturday wash-out.
The annual Awesome Awapuni Day has never had to be cancelled because of the weather, and community committee organiser Norelle Ward is banking on the elements honouring that tradition this Saturday.
‘‘If it’s crap weather, we don’t have a plan B, so it will have to be cancelled, but I’m hopeful it won’t come to that.’’
Thirty-four community organisations and services will be represented at the festival in Awapuni’s Alexander Park. There’s free live entertainment, bouncy castle, face-painting, sporting and craft activities, and the famous Awapuni Rotary food and stir-fry.
‘‘It’s all free, including the food. There are stalls from the likes of Sport Manawatu, City Library and Youth Space, Pregnancy Counselling, Altrusa, MALGRA, Palmy Rocks and St Matthew’s Church plants.’’
The army will be on site with a LAV, and the Fire Service will also be providing a display and a fire truck.
Supported by the Palmerston North City Council, an important aspect of the day is to provide Awapuni residents with community connections.
‘‘It’s so they can find out about the services that are available in the suburb; about council funding, and to have their say about what they would like to see in a community hub - similar to Te Aroha Noa in Highbury,’’ Ward said.
A possible site for the proposed community hub is St Mark’s Church on College St, and Ward extends an invitation to residents to come to the discussion tent for information, to add to the wishlist of services, and to share ideas.
There will also be opportunities to discuss plans for Waitoetoe Park.
Hosted by Kia Ora -FM, the sound stage will be emceed by the Awapuni-based radio station’s Lequan Mason, and include performances by Awapuni School kapa haka, duo Iroam, the Kaumatua Ukelele Club and Dirty Lover, a local duo fresh from hosting the South Auckland Freestyle Rap Olympics in Otara with King Kapisi at the weekend.
Access to Alexander Park for the 11am to 2pm community festival is via Alexander St.
For cancellations please check the Awesome Awapuni Facebook page, the Volunteer Centre website and the PNCC website and Facebook page.
A day in the sun has been ordered for Saturday’s Awesome Awapuni Day at Alexander Park.