Awe­some Awapuni Day bounces back

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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