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