Pack a picnic for day in the park

JAY BOREHAM
Last updated 08:00 07/02/2013
Raewyn Winter and Steve Smith

PARTY TIME: Raewyn Winter and Steve Smith are praying to the weather gods for sun for this weekend’s Homai Picnic in the Park.

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Pack up a picnic and get down to the park this weekend.

But not just any park. Jellicoe Park in Homai is going to be packed full of things to do on Saturday.

The Homai Safety Panel and the suburb's neighbourhood policing team aim to put their community on the map.

They're filling the park with DJs, bouncy castles, sporting activities, fire trucks and stalls for the first Homai Pack a Picnic Day.

The neighbourhood policing team and safety panel have been working in the suburb since 2011.

"When we first started Homai wasn't really recognised as a community," Sergeant Steve Smith says.

But the people of Homai are starting to stand tall and that's what Saturday's party in the heart of the suburb is all about, he says.

The picnic will be lots of fun for the kids and is about getting everyone in the suburb involved, safety panel member Raewyn Winter says.

"It's about creating unity in the community, getting people out meeting people and finding out what's available in the community," she says.

Stalls from community providers will promote the free services available to help residents and Neighbourhood Support and Civil Defence will be there to educate people on safety.

Sports clubs will provide information about how kids can get involved and the AMP'd crew will organise games and tugs of war.

There'll be dancing, competitions, prizes, giveaways and food stalls for people who don't have the time to pack a picnic, Mr Smith says.

The police will be giving rides in police cars and the Delta Dog Squad will be putting its finest four-legged members through their paces.

The day will culminate with Manurewa's finest going head-to-head in a four by 100 metre relay.

Police will compete in the race and Homai's kids will also get the chance to see if they can outrun them.

The picnic starts at 10am on Saturday in Jellicoe Park in Homai and runs till 2pm.

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