Golden weather for rugby, art deco and skate bowl tricks

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 07:06 18/02/2013
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CROWD-PLEASER: Kalani David, of Hawaii, in action during the final of the international Vans Bowl-A-Rama at Waitangi Park on Saturday.

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GLAMOUR: Three generations enjoying the Gatsby picnic with cucumber sandwiches - Patricia Fleming, left, Elyse Hemera and Lucy Hemera.

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Two days of sun meant whether donning a Hurricanes jersey, skate gear, or 1930s suit and fedora, at least no raincoat was needed.

The annual pre-season fixture at the Mangatainoka rugby ground north of Pahiatua saw thousands cheer the Hurricanes as they took on Super Rugby trophy-holders the Chiefs on Saturday.

The home side may have gone down 25-21, but the 8000-strong crowd, dressed as angry birds, sumo wrestlers and bumble bees, kept up the spirit.

Those who prefer tea to tries headed up to Napier's Art Deco Weekend, where Marine Pde was transformed into a 1930s showpiece from Thursday.

A crowd of 30,000, predominantly clad in art deco dress, attended the 25th anniversary of the event, Art Deco Trust general manager Sally Jackson said.

"It was amazing - there were vintage cars in the city, vintage planes in the sky doing aerobatics, we had dancing in the streets, jazz musicians and the massive, open-air concert."

Also popular was the Great Gatsby-inspired picnic where cucumber sandwiches, scones and of course, tea, were the flavour of the day, and the soapbox derby event, where children and families raced self-built gokarts.

Wheels were also spinning during the Wellington leg of the Bowl-A-Rama tour at Waitangi Park as 40 international and local skaters competed against each other to take home $30,000 in prizemoney over the weekend.

Organiser Chad Ford said this year's event was the most exciting yet, with a number of "good young guys coming through".

The tour, which visits Sydney's Bondi Beach from tomorrow, is in its sixth year, and also features live music performances and art shows.

Crafts and music - plus the ever-popular food stalls and amusement rides - filled Petone's Jackson St on Saturday for the Rotary Petone Fair, now in its 22nd year.

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