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Onehunga Bay Festival

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The sun gods provided beautiful weather for the Onehunga Bay Festival, which was a perfect way to farewell the summer season. It was definitely a community affair, with Councillor Josephine Bartley in attendance, Denise Lee MP , and Local Board members, Debbie Burrows and Don Allan making appearances. 

 

 

Local rap group SWIDT headlined the event, drawing in a large crowd from wider Auckland. Waterlea Primary School Choir, and Singing Nations opened the stage, followed by cultural items from Shahn Pineki and Anuanua Dance Troupe. After a YMCA Zumba and Blue Moon group, Munkhouse Band were the grand finale.

The water slide was a popular space, with the Onehunga Sea Scouts and Rixen NZ providing wakeboarding, kayaking, waka, and large water inflatable. There were more community stalls than ever before - a great way for organisations to connect with the community. There was definitely no shortage of activities for younger ones, with Old McDonald's Farm, bouncy castles, a face-painter and balloon sculptor. The Extreme Air Jumper suspended the children high in the air, which was a favourite for all.  

After a few years under the Local Board’s management, planning for the annual festivalwas back in the hands of the Onehunga Business Association (OBA). The free event has returned to the original bay side venue - an ideal spot for the great selection of activities on offer. 

OBA Events and Communications manager, Amanda Wellgreen, was pleased with the outcome. She said, “Onehunga needs opportunities to celebrate our diversity and individuality. Re-establishing the festival at the Bay Reserve makes it more friendly and enjoyable, and brings our community closer together. The Onehunga Business Association is proud to be involved, and we will be back in 2019 bigger and better than ever.” 

The OBA would like to thank all the sponsors, including the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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