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Marshmallow toasting, fire dancing and a huge bonfire...

Saturday October 26 2019

“Kōanga means a change of season, and with warmer weather now creeping in we think it’s a great opportunity for families to come down to our awa (river) and have some fun.”

The Kōanga Spring Bonfire will be held at the Ahimate Reserve beach on Saturday 2 November from 5 to 10pm.

Palmerston North City Council’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, says the event was so popular last year that Council and iwi have committed to making it an annual event.

The main attraction is a large bonfire made up of wood pulled from the river. A few times a year large amounts of wood that pile up are removed from the river to minimise any potential flooding. The good quality native wood is given to iwi for carving and the rest has been dried for the bonfire.   

He says the location was selected as the river is very important to iwi and Council.  

“As part of the Council’s Manawatū River Framework, Council is committed to working with iwi to draw more people to the river, and this is just one of the many exciting projects and events we’re planning.

“Events like this ensure the river becomes a destination in our city where people come and spend time with their families and enjoy its beauty.” 

Mr Williams says the event will finish in time for people to get home and watch the final of the Rugby World Cup, which starts at 10pm.

Photo shows person silhouetted against glowing bonfire at night.