Last weekend of spring a busy one
The weather came to the party for a number of events that showcased the colour, culture and school spirit around the region on Saturday.
On a perfect spring day, the Strong Pacific Families parade got under way from Waitangirua mall and took three hours to snake its way to Porirua city centre.
The drummers were relentless and the singing and dancing virtually non-stop, as residents along the route came out in support.
Two school galas also went off without a hitch. In Plimmerton, the traditional clothing sales and barbecues were well-supplemented by motorcycle and army jeep rides, smash-up-a-car fun, a dunking machine and vertical bungy rides.
Principal Maurice Laird paid tribute to the "well-oiled machine" of their parent-teacher organisers.
At Tawa School there were treasure hunts, pony rides, canine obedience school displays and plenty of raffles. Principal Ian Dewar said it was "an excellent example of the community pulling together".