Published November 30, 2020 1:44PM
Mild weather did not deter Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and many others from attending the Hospice Tairawhiti Strawberry Festival fundraiser at Marina Park on Saturday.
Attendance was a little slow at the 10am beginning because of the cooler weather but it picked up as conditions improved, said Sarah Kirkpatrick of Hospice Tairawhiti.
Mayor Rehette Stoltz attended, as did newly-elected Gisborne district councillor Isaac Hughes, who sold tickets for the spinning wheel.
Ms Kirkpatrick said many people stayed on for the lolly scramble held near the end of the three-hour event.
Hospice Tairawhiti sold more strawberries and ice cream than in previous years, thanks to generous support from Pak’nSave and major sponsor Advanced Trees Solutions.
Ms Kirkpatrick did not yet know how much money had been raised but was sure the fundraiser had been an success.
The public can also support Hospice Tairawhiti through the Remembrance Tree at the Farmers store by buying a Christmas bauble for $10.
YUM, SCRUM IN MY TUM: Sarah Hawkins (left) and Lizelle Duckworth enjoy tubs of ice cream and fresh, locally-grown strawberries. Opinion was unanimous and summed up perfectly in one word . . . ‘yum!’. All pictures by Paul Rickard
STRAWBERRY GIRLS: Kyra (left) and Arna Ensor strike a pose for the camera.
CAREFULLY DOES IT: Lamaya Tamatea concentrates hard on keeping her strawberry from falling off during one of the Strawberry Festival fun events.