Thousands flock to Family Fun Day
Keen rafters braved the water on a sunny day in February at one of Panmure’s premier summer events.
About 4000 hardy souls headed along to the annual Panmure Basin Fun Day. There were plenty of activities to take part in on February 10, including the Great Recycled Raft Race won by the Mr Shed team representing The Men’s Shed Auckland East.
The team was made up of Wayne Grainger, Alan Minson, Terry Moore, Denise Lee, Ariana Tepaca and Wiremu Liddicoat.
The teams were challenged to construct rafts made out of recycled materials and keep them afloat. Other entrants included two teams from Tāmaki Regeneration, one from the Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club, and the SS Pugwash crew.
For those that didn’t want to get wet, other free activities that kept families busy for hours, included pony rides, an eightstation pirate trail and skateboard competition.
Panmure Town Centre manager Chris Sutton says she is delighted with how the event went. “A special thanks must go to the many clubs, organisations and families that came together to make this day such a success.
“The Basin echoed to the sounds of the Tamashii Taiko Drummers, who not only performed but encouraged families to have a go at drumming.”
Other performers included the NZ Wu Style Tai Chi Association and No Fiti Lose Dance Troupe, while Tāmaki Regeneration had a stall promoting its activities in the area.
The Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd and Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board need to be thanked for covering the cost of the event, Chris Sutton says.
And Panuku Development Auckland’s Unlock Panmure project helped support the Panmure Business Association bring four Queens Rd food businesses to the event. Blossom Court, Melina’s Kitchen, Indian Pepper and Kayle Manila all supplied food via takeaways stalls to a hungry crowd.