Waitomo News : 27-November-2014
2 WAITOMO NEWS Thursday, November 27, 2014 THE Kawhia Kai Festival – or a version of it – is “all go” after a meeting between an organiser and the Otorohanga District Development Board. Festival funding co-ordinator Jane Rutherford met with the board earlier this month and received the “very wel- come news” that a $5000 grant had been approved. The original 10-year-old Kawhia Kai Festival was called off earlier this year by its founders who said ongoing opposition – abuse, back-biting and bickering – from within their own community forced them to call time. The new ‘Kawhia Kai, Kawhia Moana, Kawhia Tangata’ event, will be held at Omimiti Reserve on Saturday, February 7, during the Waitangi Day long weekend. Like previous kai festivals, Jervois St, Omimiti St and part of Tainui St will closed to traffic. CRITICAL FUNDING “We are so grateful to the development board for giving us this leg-up,” says Mrs Rutherford. “We are starting from scratch and it was critical for our umbrella group, the Kawhia Community Projects Trust chaired by Kit Jeffries, to get this base funding. “A Kawhia Kai, Kawhia Moana, Kawhia Tangata committee will have hands-on management of the day.” She says the trust received a clear mes- sage the community wants the event to go ahead at a public meeting in October and the Kawhia Community Board is also right behind the new Kawhia Kai. “There is huge community support for it to proceed. A large number of stall holders have already booked a site with our treas- urer Marj Kaati, which is encouraging.” Mrs Rutherford says gone are the days of the hangi truck. Kawhia Kai will see a return to tra- ditional hangi prepared at the many Kawhia Harbour marae. “Traditional kai will be offered, because we want to get back to what the festival used to be like. 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Complaints must first be directed, in writing to the editor – editor@ waitomonews.co.nz If the complainant is unsatisfied with the response, the complaint may be referred to the NZ Press Council, PO Box 10-879, The Terrace, Wellington 6143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Further detail and an online complaints form are available at the website – www.presscouncil.org.nz CHRISTMAS GIFT APPEALS NOW ON Kai event going back to basics THUMBS UP/DOWN THUMBS UP to all the volunteers, committee and community who support the Beattie Home Rose and Flower Show making it a great success. Marrianne Walton Otorohanga THUMBS DOWN to the heartless person who dumped four very small kittens on the main road at Mapiu (No- vember 19) – these poor little kittens had no hope of fending for themselves. We’re happy to desex your cat for an affordable price so you don’t have to dump the next litter. There is no excuse for this behaviour. But THUMBS UP to the couple who scooped them up off the road before they got flattened by an oncoming truck – they are now being looked af- ter by people who care. Abridged. Sandra Squier, Kitty Korner Atkinson & Associates Te Kuiti Sprinters wanted for Otorohanga parade event ENTRIES for this year’s Otorohanga Christmas Parade street sprints event are now open. Sport Waikato district co-ordinator Robbie Mat- thews welcomes all to “join in the fun” before the parade begins along Maniapoto St on December 5. A range of novelty prizes are up for grabs in four categories including school sprint relay, novelty sprint relay, fireman’s relay challenge and The Thirsty Weta 1km sprint. Entry is free and the races begin outside The Thirsty Weta at 6pm. To enter contact Robbie Matthews at Sport Wai- kato Otorohanga.
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