Porirua alive with the sound of mu­sic

The Dominion Post - - Capital Day - JARED NICOLL

The mul­ti­cul­tural makeup of Porirua is help­ing turn it into an event des­ti­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to the city’s mayor, with the likes of Sol3 Mio in­clud­ing it in a tour along with Hawaii and San Fran­cisco.

The next fort­night will be a pow­er­house of en­ter­tain­ment for the city, as it con­tin­ues to at­tract top lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent.

First up is Creek­fest 2018 fea­tur­ing Stan Walker on Sat­ur­day, then Pasi­fika Porirua fol­lowed by Sym­phony in the Park fea­tur­ing Sol3 Mio on March 3.

The city only just fin­ished host­ing one of the coun­try’s big­gest Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions, which was themed around waka ama and staged on the Porirua Har­bour wa­ter­front.

Porirua Mayor Mike Tana says while Wai­tangi Day and Creek­fest are free wha¯ nau-friendly events, with Sol3 Mio ‘‘we’ve se­cured top­class en­ter­tain­ment at an af­ford­able price and we’re at­tract­ing an au­di­ence from across the coun­try’’.

‘‘These events al­low res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to en­joy our beau­ti­ful city and have tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for our econ­omy.’’

Along with much sup­port from var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups, the Porirua City Coun­cil grants, awards and events sub­com­mit­tee agreed, last year, to pro­vide $55,000 to cre­ate a Wai­tangi Day event to re­place the pop­u­lar Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments; $20,000 to draw the likes of Sol3 Mio to Sym­phony in the Park; and an­other $20,000 to run the an­nual Creek­fest.

Creek­fest was started in 2004 in a Can­nons Creek carpark to raise aware­ness of the ser­vices avail­able in the re­gion to achieve bet­ter health and well­be­ing out­comes.

Staged en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing lo­cal and na­tional artists, sport­ing events, crafts and com­mu­nity food stalls are draw­cards to at­tract at­ten­dees.

This year, it will fea­ture Stan Walker - who used to live in Porirua. He won Aus­tralian Idol in 2009 and has gone on to be one of New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar artists - sell­ing more than 100,000 al­bums with five plat­inum sin­gles.

A week later, Pasi­fika Porirua will kick off at Te-Awaruao-Porirua Har­bour with Pasi­fika-flavoured fun, mu­sic and food. It will be the last stop in the Waka Odyssey tour of the re­gion.

Later that day, move on to Trust Porirua Park for a picnic tea and en­joy Sym­phony in the Park fea­tur­ing Sol3Mio.

They’ll be sup­ported by the full Or­ches­tra Welling­ton and Porirua youth or­ches­tra Vir­tu­oso Strings.

PHOTO: ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

Porirua youth or­ches­tra Vir­tu­oso Strings will back Sol3 Mio at Sym­pony in the Park on March 3.

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