WBDA wrap up from the Waiuku Town Manager



This year has absolutely flown by and Vanessa and I have been really busy juggling different initiatives and events for our community.

Through the amazing generosity of New Zealand Steel, Steel- Serv, the Lion Foundation, Blue Sky Community Trust, Waiuku New World, Franklin Local Board and a few smaller businesses, we have been able to successfully run and grow our events without having to compromise in other areas within our organisation.
The 2015 Waiuku Steel ‘n’ Wheels Festival once again was a fantastic success. The inclusions of the war re-enactment as part of the 100 year Anzac celebrations and the wood carvers to name a few, have definitely put Waiuku on the map. NZ Steel and SteelServ came on board this year helping hugely with sponsorship and displaying some of their impressive machinery on show as part of their 50th year celebrations. The Steel ‘n’ Wheels committee commissioned the carvers to create a bench seat to gift to NZ Steel as a thank you for the huge contribution they continue to give to the Waiuku community.
The 2015 Waiuku NZ Steel Christmas Parade themed “Anything Goes” was well attended by the public and the 33 float participants. Blessed again with fine weather and with an improved Traffic Management plan, the event was made safer and it was easier to contain crowds and vehicles.
This made for a lovely family day out.
Our Blast to the Past event was amazing and enjoyed by thousands.
This year we brought in a new pyrotechnic company that really took it to the next level and gave a spectacular fresh, tailor made display.
The Information Centre is proving to be a huge asset for Waiuku and for the first six months of this year has helped over 2600 visitors seeking information.
That figure doesn’t include telephone enquiries, proving there is definitely a need for this service. A huge thank you must go out to the amazing bunch of volunteers we have that dedicate their precious time to keep our centre open.

We are hosting another town centre clean up in February next year.
We really hope members of our community will get involved and help give our town a well needed spruce up.
In closing we would like to thank our community for supporting the WB&DA vision and initiatives over the past year and hope by us all working together we can support and promote our community as the awesome little town it is.
A very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year from Sharlene and Vanessa.

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