Awa­puni’s awe­some day

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAUL MITCHELL

Great news gets around the neigh­bour­hood quickly, par­tic­u­larly when there’s a party in­volved.

The an­nual Awe­some Awa­puni Com­mu­nity Day re­turned on Satur­day, with con­fir­ma­tion of a park up­grade ic­ing the cel­e­bra­tions.

The neigh­bour­hood fes­ti­val, which was washed out last year, fea­tured live en­ter­tain­ment, a bouncy cas­tle, face-paint­ing and in­flat­able sumo suits, and food.

Awa­puni Kin­der­garten head teacher Kim Ste­wart, who helped or­gan­ise the event, said Awe­some Awa­puni was held in the Raleigh Street Re­serve to cel­e­brate Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil agree­ing to up­grade the park.

Ste­wart said it was great news for the res­i­dents, who of­ten felt for­got­ten by the coun­cil.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing seems to go to the other side of town, or into High­bury. And we’re left in the mid­dle.’’

Coun­cil com­mu­nity groups ad­viser Pas­cal Fran­cois said the three con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings had been packed, and well over 1000 peo­ple had joined the com­mu­nity party on Satur­day.

‘‘For the coun­cil, that shows how much peo­ple care about this park, and its place right in the heart of the neigh­bour­hood.’’

Gavin Smith brought his 11-year-old grand­son Hamiora Horua at noon, when ev­ery­thing was in full swing.

‘‘It’s just great to see so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity out en­joy­ing the day to­gether,’’ Smith said.

‘‘It's just great to see so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity out en­joy­ing the day to­gether.’’

Gavin Smith

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

The Awe­some Awa­puni Day crowd take in a per­for­mance by drum and dance group Samba ao Vento at Raleigh St Re­serve.

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