Festival to return to roots

Last updated 10:37 12/02/2013
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A scaled-down Creekfest-style event will go ahead on March 23, with funding secured from Porirua City Council and health providers.

Cassius Kuresa from Regional Public Health and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett told Kapi-Mana News they had secured more than $50,000 in funding. The council has $20,000 set aside - to be reallocated after Creekfest was cancelled last week - and it is hoped a similar amount will come from Capital & Coast District Health Board.

"The show will go on," Mr Legget said. "A lot of people realise that $50,000 is a significant amount of money and we want to keep running an event like this in Porirua East. We don't need national acts and big stages because we have that with the Festival of the Elements. This [festival] is a grassroots event and people want to see it stay that way."

The scaled-down version will be held in the car park behind Ora Toa medical centre on Bedford St, Mr Kuresa said. It will be an extension of the Cannons Creek market, which has been running since late last year.

Entertainment will include music and a big screen and Cannons Creek Pool may be used for related activities. Health providers will run stalls promoting healthy lifestyle options and the medical centre will be open.

Cannons Creek Residents Association chairman Aporo Joyce said Creekfest needed to return to its humble roots. He wanted new management to run it in the future.

"There needs to be more accountability and transparency. There is so much talent in Porirua. I think Creekfest has developed a national theme instead of a Porirua one, it's lost its focus."

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