Oromahoe School Light Festival

Oromahoe School held its annual Light Festival during the weekend, with the switch to a Saturday night plus perfect weather ensuring a record crowd. The festival of fire and light, held each year around Matariki and the winter solstice, featured a lantern walk, a sky full of flying Chinese lanterns, fire poi, a glow-in-the-dark mau rakau performance, music, kai and mulled wine to keep the cold at bay. Oromahoe School is just off State Highway 10, between Kerikeri and Pakaraka junction, and has about 50 pupils in Years 1-8. The festival is the school's main fundraiser of the year.