What a wonderful Labour Weekend we had with A Rainbow in the Village - Paekakariki Pride Festival 2018! So much colour, fun, awhi, support and love. Love for diversity, love for our village, love for our next generations.
None of this happens by itself and there are so many people, community groups and businesses to thank. So here goes...
Firstly, thanks to the Tangata Whenua of Paekakariki for holding and blessing the people and kaupapa of the festival. A special thanks to Karl and Beryl Farrell and whanau for your kind words and awhi.
A big thanks to the wonderful organising crew - Chrissi Johnson, Danielle Burns, Anna-Maria O'Brien, Sylvia Bagnell, Tai Hartley-Parsons, Martine Hartley-Parsons, Ash Vivier, Frances Krsinich, Vanessa Crowe.
Thanks to the sponsors and businesses who donated their time, product and prizes for our events: Paekakariki General Store, Finn's Bar and Restaurant, The Perching Parrot, Beach Road Deli, Input Cafe, Alan Wehipeihana Studio and Gallery, North End Brewery, Elemental Eats, Zayaz Kebabs, Pedros Foodtruck, Paekakariki Pops, Kapiti Chocolate Factory, Unity Books, S n M's Cocktail Bar.
To the wonderful community groups and individuals that supported the festival by hosting, promoting and holding events - a huge heartfelt thank you - Paul Callister - Nga Uruora Kapiti Project, Jan Nisbet - The Bike Library, Paekakariki Library, Paekakariki 88.2FM, Paekakariki Surf Club, Mukume Taiko Drummers, St Peter's Village Hall, Steve - Paekakariki Bowling Club, Paekakariki School, Paulee - Paekakariki Football Club, Rik the Most - Spoken Word Artist and Prue Hyman.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the volunteers who helped in any and every way by marshalling the Parade, decorating and/or cleaning up the venues, dropping off and picking up people/food/things, taking photos and all the other tasks needed to run this festival smoothly.
We're so proud to be able to pass on the proceeds of this festival to the wonderful folks at Project Youth - a social and support group for LGBTIQ++ and Takatapui young people run out of Kapiti Youth Support (KYS).
Finally, thanks to everyone who dressed up, turned up, came out and enjoyed a spectacular weekend of love and pride.
Val and Pat
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