Lions’ hang­ing bas­kets a chal­lenge

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The colour­ful, flo­ral hang­ing bas­kets are up once again to brighten the cen­tral busi­ness area of Katikati over the fes­tive sea­son.

Pakeke Lions Club mem­bers put them up re­cently. Sec­re­tary Roger Stiles said this year has been a chal­lenge for the club with their age­ing mem­ber­ship.

“We need sup­port from the busi­nesses and com­mu­nity to con­tinue.”

He said the ex­ist­ing wa­ter­ing sys­tem was in need of re­place­ment, as amongst other things the wa­ter­ing pe­riod was ex­ces­sive, wasted wa­ter and left pud­dles on the foot­paths and an­noyed shop own­ers when wet feet walked into their shops.

Fi­nan­cial help from the Katikati Twi­light Con­certs group, the Katikati Com­mu­nity Board and the Katikati Lions Club en­abled the club to up­grade the ex­ist­ing sys­tem at a cost of $4800.

“We would not have achieved this with­out the gen­er­ous help and time of Chris Gates of Katikati Ir­ri­gation who as­sisted with ac­quir­ing the equip­ment and its in­stal­la­tion,” Roger said.

The club had to change the bas­kets’ flow­ers to zin­nias this sum­mer, af­ter their sup­plier ad­vised that the tra­di­tional im­pa­tiens were sub­ject to a ram­pant virus that would likely prove fa­tal to them this year.

“So here is hop­ing that these new flow­ers will be just as colour­ful as in pre­vi­ous years.”

The Pakeke Lions Club in­tend to con­tinue up­grad­ing and pos­si­bly ex­tend­ing the town’s flo­ral hang­ing bas­kets if they can get prac­ti­cal help from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The flo­ral hang­ing bas­kets are up through­out the cen­tral busi­ness area with new zin­nia flow­ers start­ing to burst into bloom.

Vis­i­tors at the first Xmas Mak­ers Mar­ket at the Ure­tara Do­main last Fri­day.

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