Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Kite festival set to wow again

Kite festival set to wow again


Visitors enjoy watching some of the kites on Otaki Beach at the 2013 kite festival.


The hugely successful Otaki Kite Festival is back this weekend at Otaki Beach, with even more activities than the inaugural festival last year.

Organiser Barbara Franks says the emphasis this Saturday and Sunday is on getting people involved so they can enjoy the fun of kite flying.

“Last year we had a great array of show kites that visitors enjoyed watching,” Barbara says. “This year we’ve still got those kites to fill the sky over the beach, but also some stunt kites flown by experts, a business house kite-fighting challenge and lots of opportunities for kids and adults to fly their own kites and win prizes. There will also be plenty of stalls this year.

"The weekend will be a lot of fun for everyone – and it’s free.”

As a bonus, at 4pm each day, the nationally renowned Fuse Circus is performing on stage next to the surf club. Fuse Circus has been receiving rave reviews around the country for its Campground Chaos show, which will be performed for the Otaki audience. The show is a mix of madcap theatre and acrobatics, taking an irreverent look at the typical Kiwi camping holiday.

Kite flyers are bringing kites from around the country, and some from overseas. They include Peter Lynn Kites of Ashburton, who make some of the world’s best show kites.

Ian Carson, the chairperson of the Otaki Village Promotions Group, which is organising the event, says Otaki Beach and the dates have been chosen carefully.

“The beach is ideal for the kite festival because of its expansive sandy foreshore, good vantage points for viewing the activities, plenty of parking and, of course, ideal breezes,” he says. “And early March is generally good for fine weather, plus the tides are right.

“As a beach, Otaki is one of the best in New Zealand. It’s got plenty of space for activities and with Kapiti Island as a backdrop, there are amazing photo opportunities.”

The festival begins at 10am each day, with the Fuse Circus performance from 4-5.30pm.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.

If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news