Painting the town red

Kihikihi Residents and Ratepayers’ group chair Peter Fraser, left, and secretary treasurer Ruary Laidlaw place one of the new festive pōhutukawa tree decorations on Kihikihi’s main street outside the Māori Women’s Welfare League building.

Kihikihi Residents and Ratepayers group members spread festive cheer in the form of pōhutukawa decorations along Lyon St on Friday.

The News was there as group president Peter Fraser, secretary treasurer Ruary Laidlaw and his wife Mary-Ann and minutes secretary Alice Hicks proudly displayed about 20 new pōhutukawa decorations before they were put
in place.

The work was made possible thanks in part to a $1500 grant the residents and ratepayers group received from the Te Awamutu-Kihikihi Community Board.

“This is roughly the sixth year we have been doing this and they are always very well received by the community,” Peter said of the decorations.

The group – which has been running since 2007 – has been involved in several key projects in Kihikihi, including a main street upgrade.

Ruary said another initiative it supports each year is helping Te Awamutu Māori Women’s Welfare League president Rosemary Murray and her team with a Christmas grocery box scheme.

He said about 15 grocery boxes were handed out last year.

“The team does brilliant work,” Ruary said. “There are so many stories of how much receiving one of those boxes means to the families who get them.”

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