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A celebration of diversity at Creekfest

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Stan Walker will be the headline act at this year’s Creekfest community event in Cannons Creek, Porirua.

Support acts at the Saturday, February 24, free family event will be Three Houses Down, featuring General Fiyah and Ria.

The MC will be Tofiga Fepulea’I and the theme this year is “Our Family, Our Taonga”.

The event’s manager is Liz Kelly, chief executive of the Porirua Whānau Centre based in Cannons Creek. Liz has event managed Creekfest for the past 11 years.

It’s a great way for the community to celebrate their diversity but also be informed about programmes,” Liz says.

“And it’s a great way to do that in a fun family atmosphere.”

Attendees will reflect the diversity in New Zealand today, she says.

Liz says Stan Walker is also a White Ribbon Ambassador which fits well with the centre’s contract for family violence prevention.

Creekfest began in 2004 to raise awareness of programmes and services available in the region to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes. Held at Cannons Creek Park, it attracts up to 30,000 people.

This year Statistics New Zealand have the naming rights for the event brought forward two weeks to promote the national Census in March. There will be Census staff at the event to talk about it.

Stage entertainment, which includes local and national artists, sporting events, crafts and community food stalls, are drawcards to attract attendees.  Creekfest offers a platform to health, education and social service providers to showcase their programmes and services.

This year will include the Royal New Zealand Police College, based nearby at Papakowhai, which will have cadets at the event. The Police are doing a recruitment drive and are looking for Maori and Pacific people who may be interested in a career in policing.

Now part of the centre’s annual programme, Creekfest is supported financially by organisations including Porirua City Council, Wellington Community Trust, NZ Community Trust, Trust House Foundation, CCDHB, Regional Public Health, Te Puni Kokiri, NZ Police and Stats NZ.

In kind support is gratefully received from Pacific Media Network, Kelly Hygiene NZ, Elsdon Motors and TJ’s Screen Prints.

Creekfest, Cannons Creek Park, Saturday, February 24, 10am until 4pm. Free entry.

More information:

Porirua Whanau Centre

Porirua Whanau Face Book

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