Celebrating community and water environs
The popular Tamaki River Festival at Bramley Reserve in Farm Cove is returning for its third year.
Families can enjoy the water-themed festivities on Saturday, February 18.
They will be able to take in the natural, riverside environment whilst sampling food and watching performances and educational displays.
Togs, towels and sunblock are a must on this celebratory day, which starts at 11am and goes on until 3pm to coincide with the high tide.
Howick Local Board member Garry Boles says the Tamaki River Festival is about embracing the local marine environment.
"The great thing about this event, that as well as celebrating the marine environment that Howick people really treasure, it's a chance to champion local organisations like our volunteer Coastguard and fire services.
"It's also a great day out for the family with food stalls, entertainment, information stands and opportunities to try some fun activities."
The event is funded by the local board and has become a summer must-do.
Children have a large selection of activities to choose, including water-walker zorbs, canoeing, pirate bouncy castle, scavenger hunt, fishing games, colouring competitions and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter flight simulator.
Gelato from The Gelato Company and sausage sizzle fundraisers will also be available, in addition to games with Surf Lifesaving and a pirate show by Captain Festus McBoyle.
The festival aims to teach people about water safety and has coastal displays, life-jacket training and fitting, estuary wildlife and a shells display to help.
Civil Defence will also be present with tsunami maps, plans and tips for the area.
Life Education's Harold the Giraffe will make a special appearance, while jazz band, the Caitlin Smith Trio, will close the event in style.
Event organiser Richard Green says last year's event attracted more than 2000 people.
"It's all about being on the water, by the water, for families," he says.
"It's free, it's a great day for the family, there's so much to do.
"There's a big inflatable obstacle course. They can try out a kayak, try out some sailing, have some nice food and listen to some good music, all in one place."