Hongoeka Marae beach carnival planned for first time in 40 years

Last updated 09:40 29/01/2013

WELCOME BACK: What was once old is new again at Hongoeka Marae this Saturday, for the first community carnival in decades.

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It's been more than 40 years since Hongoeka Marae held a beach carnival. But the way this Saturday's event is gearing up, it will become an annual fixture again, says organiser Bob Smith.

PREVIEW: The Hongoeka and Plimmerton communities have rallied together in preparation for the February 2 festivities, with dozens of stalls and attractions booked.

Mr Smith says he decided to revive the event as a way to fundraise for the marae and bring together its community and neighbouring suburbs.

The carnival will run from 9am to 4pm.

It features Harley Davidson motorbike rides, a hot rod display, pony rides, a mechanical bull, waka ama, power boats and a water display from Plimmerton Fire Brigade.

There will be loads of activities to keep children entertained, live music, talent quest and a plethora of stalls.

Mr Smith says marae kaumatua Dick Grace will do a karakia at 9am, before Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett opens the carnival.

A hangi "done the old way" is at 1pm. A few stall sites are still available, says Mr Smith, offering a three- metre by six-metre space for a table/ gazebo or tent and car.

Call Bob Smith on 021 102 7577.

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