Police were called to a party in Hawera yesterday afternoon, but it was for all the right reasons.
Senior Constable Paul Lampe and his team were on hand to help open the new clubrooms for the Hawera branch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme at the A&P showgrounds.
The opening coincided with the official Taranaki launch of the New Zealand Post Book Awards festival week, organised by South Taranaki children's librarian Pam Jones.
Jones said a lot of activities were planned over the coming week, including a visit to the region by acclaimed writer Elizabeth Knox and a secondary school literary challenge which will held at Hawera's community centre on Monday.
She said it was great the two events could be staged on the same day, as the mentoring programme and the library were places which offered positive activities for children.
"They're all of our children, today they're at your place, tomorrow they're at our place," Jones said. About 15 children released balloons which they had tied personal messages.
South Taranaki district mayor Ross Dunlop unveiled a mural painted on the wall of the clubrooms by artist Larin van Riemsdijk and the cutting of a cake.
- Taranaki Daily News
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