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.
- Kapi-Mana News