Lions’ hanging baskets a challenge
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.