Bowling a winner
Hataitai's new market day is booming and is also helping to raise funds to preserve the suburb's historic bowling club.
Hundreds of people streamed through the Hataitai Rd clubrooms last Saturday, snapping up books, DVDs, home-made baking and handicrafts.
Hataitai Residents Association member Sharon Cavanagh said it had been the busiest market yet.
Publicity manager Angela Brown said there had been a big advertising push.
"People now know. You get people looking for the biscotti and looking for the Greek soup, and even my marmalade jam, and they know the stalls that are here all the time.''
Association chairwoman Anne Stevenson said the monthly market day began as a way to retain the bowling club as a local asset.
The market was the first of several planned fundraising initiatives. She estimated Saturday's takings at up to $400.
The club, which opened in 1910, was gifted to the community by members after they became unable to meet the cost of running it.
Since then, it has been under the control of a governance group of members from the residents association, the bowling club and the community centre.
Though it is no longer used for competitive bowls, the club hosts social bowls and petanque games, and is a popular functions venue.
Mrs Stevenson said the stall-holders' fees, $10 each for locals and $15 for non-locals, went into the bowling club account, and would be used for maintenance and operational costs.
The clubrooms would need earthquake-strengthening, and the group was waiting to hear from the city council how much that would cost, she said.
The next Hataitai Community Market Day will be on June 9 from 10am.