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Churton Park retailers bring community together

Apr 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News

CHURTON Park is a changed community.

The recent completion of the Churton Park shopping centre has created a focal point for the community, according to developer Mike Russell.

There has been criticism in the past that the suburb had no heart.

But the Churton Park Festival held earlier in March told a different story, with more than 2000 people attending.

At the festival there were stalls provided by local schools, Mexican food, jewellery, ice cream, arts and crafts.

Gathered under the stars

Gathered under the stars

The celebration ended with a movie under the stars put on by the Wellington City Council. [RIGHT]

Organisers deemed it a success for both retailers and the community.

However, Melanie Brookes from Loyal, a shop featuring a broad range of New Zealand-made products, believes that the festival benefited the community more than the retailers.

“I think certain activities kind of hindered my business in a way,” she says.

Darlene Jacobs from web and app design company, Little Monkey, came up with the innovative idea of a high-tech scavenger hunt.

“We wanted to be able to showcase some of the really cool products we have on offer and let people know that we specialise in creating websites, smartphone apps and games, so we came up with the idea of the scavenger hunt,” she says.

The hunt involved participants going around the festival collecting QR Codes from all the retailers. This enabled them to complete the scavenger hunt, and go in the draw to win some prizes such as a helicopter tour, Interislander ferry vouchers and a train journey on the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland.

Ms Jacobs says she would like to see the festival return bigger and better next year.

“I’m sure the Newtown festival started off small like ours and it’s now huge. It’s great to be part of a community that is so supportive of everyone.”

Steven Hodson from Simmer Café and Howie Clarke from Takeaways at Churton, agree, saying it was the busiest day they’ve experienced.

Local councillors and politicians along with Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown attended the festival.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown also praised the event, “It is so great to see the Churton Park community coming together,” she says.

The festival goers enjoying the entertainment and sunshine

The festival goers enjoying the entertainment and sunshine


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