‘Fantastic’ celebration

Well-supported. . . The Gore Gardens is lit up for the K hui Wh tu Matrariki celebration earlier this month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Gore District Council’s Kāhui Whetū Matariki celebration has been a hit despite the weather.
The event, being held for the second time, attracted about 2500 people.
Events co-ordinator Jessica Swan said judging by the feedback, everyone was happy with the event.
The council conducted an online survey to find out the things people liked and what they believed could be improved.
‘‘We had 39 people respond to the survey and were delighted to achieve an average score of 82 out of 100 for overall enjoyment.
‘‘Considering this was only our second time delivering the event, that’s a fantastic outcome and something to be proud of.’’
The turnout on the night was amazing considering there had been a lot of rain beforehand, Ms Swan said.
‘‘People totally embraced the weather, mud and excellent assortment of food trucks.
‘‘Some of our vendors even sold out.’’
Feedback showed the highlight of the event for most people (79%) was the lights, with the food trucks the second-most popular aspect.
Areas for improvement were lights and activities (21%), and more entertainment (16%).
The feedback was valuable, she said.
‘‘It tells us what our attendees care about and gives us direction for planning next year’s event.
‘‘Based on what people have told us, well be looking to go even bigger and brighter with the lighting and explore fun new activities.’’