Xmas tree erected in Square

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

De­spite blus­tery con­di­tions, work­ers have suc­cess­fully erected Palmer­ston North’s Christ­mas tree in The Square.

Ev­ery­thing had to be ready for the switch-on of the tree’s fes­tive lights at 8.20pm on Thurs­day, and the tree went up with­out too many wor­ries on Mon­day, city com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Ian Lit­tle­worth said.

Thurs­day’s tree-light­ing is the first of­fi­cial Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion on the city ad­vent cal­en­dar, and gets un­der way at 7.30pm with per­for­mances from kapa haka groups and two choirs.

Lit­tle­worth said that al­though it wouldn’t be dark, the Thurs­day 8.20pm switch-on by mayor Grant Smith was timed to ac­com­mo­date families with younger chil­dren.

A kapa haka group per­form­ing on Thurs­day are re­gional cham­pi­ons. Nga Iti Rearea – the Lit­tle Bell­birds – from Mon­rad In­ter- me­di­ate, were win­ners of the Ko Whiri Tika Mai, ManawatuHorowhenua kapa haka com­pe­ti­tion, and have qual­i­fied for next year’s na­tional Te Mana Ku­ratahi com­pe­ti­tion in Gis­borne.

More car­olling, along with tra­di­tional Poly­ne­sian songs, will be pro­vided by the young peo­ple of the 30-40 voice Con­gre­ga­tional Chris­tian Church of Samoa Sun­day School Chil­dren’s Choir.

The other cho­ral group is the Six to Sixty choir.

Coun­cil worker Ja­son Broom puts the fin­ish­ing touches to the city Christ­mas tree.

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