Big day out for me and nan

By Amy McGillivray

Charlyne Horne is not a fan of seafood but still came home raving about her day out with grandmother at the Maketu Kaimoana Festival.

The sixth annual festival, run by the Maketu Rotary Club, was held at the Maketu Sports Ground on Saturday.

It was the first time 14-year-old Charlyne had been to the festival but certainly won't be the last. It was awesome. "I was spending time with my nan," Charlyne said.

She passed up the seafood on offer but did not go hungry, thanks to the Moana melons.

"It was delicious. I went for a third one it was that delicious," she said.

The Matata teenager spent most of the day chilling out listening to the music and said the highlight was the Kougar Sistas.

"I loved them because their singing was amazing," she said.

Maketu Rotary kaimoana festival committee chairman Charles Peni said the day was a huge success.

"It was excellent. We had close to 2000 people," he said. "It was a beautiful day. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

"It was family entertainment. We got local bands. We try to keep it local."

Captain Who, Harley Kruz, B-Side Band, Raymond Solomon and Sunrise Rockers also performed at the festival.

Kite surfers and paddle boarders were on display as well as a number of performances from local groups.

Also available was a selection of seafood including whitebait fritters, seafood chowder, banana prawn cocktails, seafood skewers, raw fish, the kaimoana basket and the famous Maketu pies.

The money raised will go back into the community through Rotary Club grants.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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