Blazing sun ushers in a new year
Summer Series. The Summer Series events included the King of the Mountain, triathlon, Barry Wade Pauanui Family Sports Day and colour run, which was a huge hit with families, among numerous other events (see sport). The surf gods played their part in putting on an exhilarating canvas for the January 2 Surf Boat Spectacular Sponsored by Unichem Pharmacy Whangamata¯ and Maui Jim.
The first week of 2019 proved to be unbeatable weatherwise for organisers of all outdoor events, though this year was quieter than usual at Williamson Park due to its closure for night-time concerts after a resource consent hearing held in late 2018 (Coastal News 29 November 2018) .
The Bringing Country to the Beach free concert was hosted at the Whangamata RSA on January 2 which was a huge hit.
“It was so popular,” says Renee Meiklejohn of the Whangamata Summer Festival incorporated society.
“There was over 15 musicians
TOP: Swimmers ready to set off from Shoe Island for the 4k ocean swim to Tairua Beach.RIGHT: “You can do it” — plenty of encouragement at the Barry Wade Pauanui Family Sports Day.FAR RIGHT: Coming to the end of the Pauanui Colour Run.