Sustainable Show

Over 5000 Visit Sustainable

Home & Garden Show

28th March…. 2010

Well over 5000 people visited the annual “Home & Garden Show” at Kapiti Primary school over the weekend.

Businesses showed off a wide range of new sustainable products — from  solar power energy solutions to workshops on ‘growing your own veges’ by Kath Irvine (who is also a columnist for KIN). Other displays covered a variety of themes, including sustainable house maintenance.

There was a wide variety of food available for sale; plus free entertainment, including belly dancing featured as  “The Arabian Magic”show.

Belly dancers from 30 to 63 age group

The belly dancers,aged from 30 to 63, came from Foxton, Shannon, Levin, and Otaki — and attracted many spectators.

One dancer explains their magic this way:”Belly dancing is good for the skeletal structure and expressing the essence of the female in a beautiful way.”

Politics were present,too, with KCDC Councillor Peter Daniel  handing out anti-fluoridation information.

He’s worried about the water supply and wants the KCDC to abandon fluoridation of water.

“There’s a huge and growing amount of research showing fluoridation of our water is harmful,” Cr Daniel states.

“I am more than happy to put my head on the chopping block for the sake of our health,” he says. “Your health is way more important to me than my re-election — and did you know that neither Paekakariki nor Otaki are fluoridated?”

Attendance down on last year

Despite the crowds, attendance (by payment of a gold coin) was well down on last year’s total of 7000 .

Di Traynor, the event organiser comments: “I am not surprised as this seems to be the trend at other events around the country.

“The people that did attend were genuinely interested in the events: They weren’t tyre kickers, they came to be informed or to purchase something.”