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Night market to return to beach

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 05:00 07/11/2012

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The Takapuna Beach Thursday Night Market will make a tentative return in December after dwindling visitor numbers forced its early closure last summer.

Peter White, chairman of the Takapuna Beach Business Association who initiated the market, says they learnt a lot from last year and have made some big changes.

The market kicked off in September to tie in with the Rugby World Cup but Mr White says this year they are waiting until December when the days are longer and the weather is more reliable.

Stalls will be set up around the entrance to Hurstmere Green which will be reopened after a $2.7 million revitalisation.

Mr White says this year they're including food stalls, entertainment and children's activities such as bouncy castles.

The night market is locked in for the last two Thursdays of December.

Mr White says they'll see how well it goes before confirming whether it will continue into the new year.

Last year the market was run by the Takapuna and North Harbour Rotary Clubs, however a professional team has taken over for this summer.

Co-organiser Kylie Pridham says the market will hopefully be a catalyst for co-ordinated late night shopping hours by Takapuna retailers.

A trust board was set up last year to handle funds raised from the market, and a new arrangement with the organisers guarantees a return to trust regardless of profits made.

This money will be distributed to community groups and organisations.

The first Takapuna Night Market will take place around Hurstmere Green on December 13.

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