Last weekend of spring a busy one

22:00, Nov 26 2012
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SPLASHDOWN: Plimmerton School teacher Laura Brennan takes her punishment during her time in the dunking chair during the school’s gala.
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FLYING HIGH: Jamie Kelly had plenty of fun jumping in the big-air bungy on Plimmerton School’s field.
DANCING KING: The parade that wound its way from Waitangirua to the Porirua CBD was full of noise, laughter and some sweet moves, as all the Pacific nations of the city were celebrated.
GOOD DOG: Craig Prattley and his fellow members from Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club had onlookers enthralled at Tawa School as they gave a show of what their well-trained dogs can do.
ROWING REGATTA: Porirua Canoe Kayak Club held a ‘have a go’ day in perfect conditions at Onepoto on Saturday, with the club gearing up for regionals soon and, ultimately, nationals in January.
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TAKE THAT: Take that: Ethan Hunter-Day’s aim with the sponge was spot-on as the kids lined up to test their aim at Tawa School’s gala

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".

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