I spent a lovely morning at the Spring Fair at Havelock North High School yesterday and it gave me an appreciation of how important events like this are to our communities.
It was a beautiful day and there seemed to be hundreds of people, all having a good time. There were plenty of stalls and the music from different school bands and guest artists was out of the top drawer.
I did have an ulterior motive for attending as my eldest daughter, who has moved from Auckland to live with me, did play in one of the bands. I was also very impressed with a performance by Wyn Drabble, a columnist for this newspaper and teacher at the school. He is a man of many talents..
But what really stood out for me about the day was how well organised the event was and how everyone got involved. I bumped into a countless number of people I know and also made a few new acquaintances. Since I moved to Hawke's Bay in March I have been to a number of functions as part of my job. I have always been struck by how well attended these gatherings are.
Local people want to get out and about and support things happening in their community. Obviously Auckland, where I lived for ten years and still go back to every fortnight while the rest of my family lives there, has such events, but somehow they lack that all-out community involvement that being in a smaller centre gives.
I had a friend down from Auckland and he remarked on the happy atmosphere and, particularly, how pleasant and polite the school students were. This is a credit to our Hawke's Bay community and shows the values we hold dear. I am looking forward to the summer months here in the Bay. There are so many good things coming up, including the new Food and Wine Classic, among other things.
Hawke's Bay Today is involved in a number of events leading up to Christmas. We also send our photographers out to a variety of things each weekend and try, in our Monday paper, to carry a snapshot of life in the Bay. So, make sure you get your newspaper each Monday, because you never know, we may have taken a photograph of you.
It is good to show our community doing what it does best - having fun together.
Roll on summer.