The weather may have been cold and wet on Saturday 29th May, but the spirit of Newlands Community was strong as many gathered together at the Newlands Community Centre to celebrate its 1st Birthday!!
There was plenty on during the day, and celebrations were opened by the Ahi Kaa – Puhiwahine Tibble gave a karanga and sung a waiata before Hone Tibble delivered a mihi before welcoming Mayor Kerry Prendergast who spoke to the crowd before cutting the very yummy cake!
Opening ceremony over – cue further celebrations! Many had a blast with the entertainment in the hall – where the stage was being run by Challenge 2000 staff. The awesome Classic Hits Breakfast Team – Dave and Camille – started the party and were our MCs for the morning. They did a fantastic job and even put some of the photos on their facebook page! Many thanks to you both, Dave and Camille! J Our afternoon MC was our very own multi talented Jamie McCaskill, who kept the audience going. There were lots of great give away prizes for the day, and the MC’s thought up creative ways for people to win them!
As for the entertainment — it began with a great performance from Newlands Primary School Celebration Chorus, then there was the skilled Ikram Singh, Ola Pasifika from Bishop Viard College were a stand out awesome act, Soul Sisters who captivated the audience with their beautiful melodic voices, Bass Runners who wowed everyone with a video and performance, Kali Kopae who has an amazing voice and is a great songwriter, The Tangle who closed the show brilliantly, and even a performance from a few of the GAP year participants from Challenge 2000!
Well done to all who organised such a great day for the community, those who participated on the day, and the wonderful Newlands Community who came and celebrated!
Bridget, Michelle, Tui and Kirsty