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Henderson on parade

Henderson on parade

Planning for the biggest and most spectacular parade in the history of Waitakere is well under way and Mayor Bob Harvey wants you to be a part of this very special event.

On Saturday, 2 September the streets of Henderson will reverberate to the sensational sound of local community and ethnic groups celebrating their history, their present and their future when the Grand People’s Parade is held to mark the official opening of Waitakere Central.

“The parade will have everything from vintage cars to the latest Italian super cars, bands, television actors, historic figure Don Buck on his horse, police dog teams and special delegations from Waitakere sister cities from Japan and China,” says Mayor Harvey.

“It really is going to be absolutely fantastic and I urge all community groups to sign up quickly. And if you can’t be part of the parade make sure you note the date in your diary and come out to watch and enjoy the spectacle,” says Mayor Harvey.

The Henderson Community Celebration Trust, on behalf of the council, is organising the parade which begins at the Corban Estate at 10am, goes down Corban’s Hill, turns left into Alderman Drive, right into Ratanui St, across Great North Rd and into Railside Ave, where it will disperse into side streets.

Prime Minister Helen Clark has been asked to attend the celebrations and may view the parade from Henderson Railway Station after arriving at the new centre and transport hub - appropriately by train.

The Mayor’s wishes are echoed by trust chair John Newick. “We want all of Waitakere’s community and ethnic groups to be represented in this parade, which is a real celebration of all that is best about our city.”

Following the parade, participants will join other members of the public at the complex’s official opening ceremony in the Civic Square on the Henderson Valley Rd side of Waitakere Central.

Any group that has not yet signed up for the parade contact John Newick immediately on 832 3190 or via email – john@uniformbrokers.co.nz or trust secretary Brenda Brady on 836 0798 or email kbrady@xtra.co.nz.

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