Waitomo News : 25 February 2014
Waitomo NeWs Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7 Saturday, March 8 Centennial Park, Te Kuiti 2pm onwards (Kai from 3.30pm) Picnic in the Park Maniapoto Family Violence Intervention Network (MFVIN) VIOLENCE FREE - SMOKE FREE - ALCOHOL FREE - AND FREE OF CHARGE! Come along and celebrate your community Otorohanga and Waitomo districts – Everyone welcome If you are able to help give Eddie a call 021 0826 9232 GRAB your picnic blanket and beach umbrella and head down to Te Kuiti’s Centennial Park on Saturday, March 8 for a free family picnic. Everyone from the Otorohanga and Waitomo districts is welcome to come and share an afternoon of food, fun and entertainment. The inaugural ‘Picnic in the Park’ – a happy and stress-free family day – is being organised by the Maniapoto Family Violence Intervention Net- work (MFVIN) whose members all work towards intervention, preven- tion and education around family violence in the Maniapoto area. The group is preparing to feed at least 2000 people and say the more the better. “Everything is on track to supply the entire community with a plate of hangi or barbecue with maybe fresh fruit for dessert,” says co-ordinator Eddie Neha. DONATIONS NEEDED “While we’ve organised all the meat we need including beef, pork and chicken, our communal vege gardens have not done as well as hoped so we’re desperate for donations of to- matoes, lettuces, cabbages, capsicum and fresh fruit. People donating fresh produce can take it to the Otorohanga Support House or Te Kuiti Community House a day or two before the event. The event will also include old- fashioned games such as egg and spoon and three-legged races. “It’s about celebrating our com- munity in a traditional way, so let’s get together for a good meal and some light-hearted fun,” says Mr Neha. “It’s about parents spending the afternoon with their kids and kids playing with their friends – and all without spending any money. “We just want to show we are a community that cares.” The picnic is alcohol-free, smoke- free, violence-free and free of charge. HELP NEEDED There is also a serious message behind the ‘Picnic in the Park’. MFVIN works under the banners of the ‘Family Ciolence is not OK ’ mes- sage and the White Ribbon campaign that violence toward women will not be tolerated. Mr Neha says many helping hands are still needed to ensure the picnic A Waitomo NeWs ADvErTOrIAL fEATurE goes ahead smoothly. “We need some big strong men to come down and help us with the hangi and people to man the barbecues. We need teams of volunteers to be ushers and marshalls, to work at the food stations, help Sport Waikato run the children’s activities and serve meals to older participants. “We are planning to host our kaumatua and grandparents and hope Hillview and Beattie Home residents will join us. We’ve organised a big mar- quee for them and will need to ensure their kai is served so they don’t have to wait in line.” From 2-3.30pm, people will be able to play games and enjoy music with food available after that. Contestants from a talent quest held in Te Kuiti last year will perform until about 6.30pm. If you would like to help out, get up and enter- tain, sponsor or donate anything towards making the Picnic in the Park a success, contact Mr Neha. See the advertisement below for contact details. Come and park for our picnic fAMILY fuN: Deearn (left), Sam, Mark and Levi Baggott from Te Kuiti always enjoy a family picnic. A free picnic in the park is being organised for North King Country families by the Maniapoto Family Violence Intervention Network on Satur- day, March 8, to celebrate good old-fashioned family values.
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