Patea all abuzz as festival draws near

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014

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With two days to go until Patea rolls out the musical entertainment, the town is stocking up on the essential party favourites.

Paepae in the Park co-organiser Elaine Powell said it would be all go from this morning.

"The stage would have arrived and we need as many volunteers as possible because the next few days will be very busy."

Held in the shadow of the Aotea Memorial waka in Memorial Park, the 10-hour music festival offers a twist on traditional Waitangi Day celebrations by bringing people together to share in music as well as the country's history.

But this year they were working with a "shoestring" budget and many hands made light work, she said.

"If you turn up looking to help we will find you a job to do."

Mrs Powell said this year's acts included the Tomorrow People and, as always, the Patea Maori Club.

"It wouldn't be Paepae without them."

She said with about 30 food stalls and 16 craft stands there would be plenty for everyone to enjoy.

The free event kicks off at 9am on Thursday and runs to 5pm.

As for the weather, MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said there was a good chance of light showers around Taranaki - so pack a raincoat.

In New Plymouth, a free family fun day is being held on the Puke Ariki Landing.

Three Taranaki bands are set to play at the event, which also feature children's activities and arts and crafts.

Families are invited to bring a picnic to the event, which will run from 11am to 1pm.

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