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A Bumper Spring Party for Everyone
October 2013

Paekakariki will be abuzz with Spring fever this coming Saturday 2 November as the village's annual community party, the Paekakariki Bonanza coincides with this year's Art Trail and monthly St Peters Hall Market.

Celebrated for its food and music, the Bonanza is at the historic 22 Wellington Road villa from 10am to 2pm.

The Paekakariki Bonanza is a fundraiser to provide Paekakariki Playcentre, a cornerstone of the local community, with new verandah wet weather cover. And that iconic verandah is the stage for a rich set of free musical performances including The Mills Family premiering their set of Sam Hunt poems set to music, Hinemoana Baker, Christine White, Crimson Club, baritone bluesman Al Witham, Oscar Doorne and more. They're joined by storytellers Emily Duizend and Apirana Taylor.

The Bonanza also hosts a celebrated yummy bake sale, a community white elephant beloved by bargain hunters, a bumper raffle and auction, plant stall, and plenty of good food and drinks for those travelling through. Not to mention lots of activities for the kids, including bouncy castle. The Paekakariki Bonanza will be happening rain or shine.

"The Bonanza is a celebration of everything that makes Paekakariki a great place to share with others," says Playcentre's Mark Amery. "This is a chance to open our doors and host the wider community. Its important we raise funds for our tamariki's precious house, but its even more important that we come together for a good time."

Sound is being provided by local music stalwarts Moa Music and support from realtors Marianne Tavernier and Della Randall. Raffle and auction prizes have been provided by Kingsgate Hotel Wellington, Roots Hair Design, Tranzscenic, The Interislander, the Comfort Hotel, City Fitness, Boundary Tap and Kitchen, the Monteiths Bar, Tuatara, Michelle Davies Photography. Support is also coming from the Perching Parrot and other local businesses.

Playcentre is a New Zealand early childhood education institution, offering a fantastic environment for children to learn through play in a mixed age environment with their parents by their sides.

Images attached: Blues baritone Al Witham plays (with his Playcentre child Eliza) at last year's Paekakariki Bonanza. Al and Eliza return this year.

Image 2: The Paekakariki Bonanza in action.


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