Sunday, 20 September 2020


Te Puna Reno fundraiser a great success

The Te Puna Reo o Whitianga fundraiser that took place at the Mercury Bay Club on Saturday last week was a great success. “We’re overwhelmed by the community support we’ve received,” says Lorelli Lupton, one of the organisers. “The Mercury Bay Club was the perfect venue for our market in the afternoon and concert in the evening.

“At the market, we had craft stalls, amazing food, games and a colouring competition for the children, raffles and live music. Due to the COVID-19 alert level restrictions, we could only have 100 people at the concert and it was a sell-out. The live band, Harmonic Resonators from Tauranga, was fantastic. It was a great evening.”

Te Puna Reo o Whitianga is the only bilingual playgroup in Mercury Bay. The fundraiser coincided with the group’s second birthday and also served as a precursor to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), being held this week, from 14 to 20 Mahuru (September). The proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards the building of a new deck at the rooms where the group meet at Mercury Bay Area School.

Pictured: Lorelli (on the right) with fellow fundraiser organisers, Alicia Gubb (on the left) and Madeline Johnson.


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