Tasman Leader : January 30th 2014
FEATURE val which is now in its seventh year. Originally organised to highlight the region’s blackcurrant harvest and the then new community centre the hugely popular annual festival, which is on Sunday afternoon, is also a major community fundraiser and last year focused on raising money to help repair the fire damaged Moutere Hills Community Centre. She took two minutes with The Leader to discuss the festival. What makes the Sarau Festi- val so popular? I think because we came up with something that was different in the blackcurrant theme and the Moutere is so beautiful that everyone wants to come and see what it is like. And then there is the energy with which the local community has adopted the festival. We have always focussed on raising money for the kids in the community, through sports and educational groups – particularly those who give us a hand. In the last two years we set up the Sarau Scholarship that goes to a young person from the community who is representing New Zealand. In the first year it went to cyclist Tom Unique theme for a festival M outere’s Jenny Leith fronts the eversuccessful Sarau Festi- Two minutes with... Filmer and last year to Lydia Peckham one of two local students selected to go to the Globe in London. What’s so special about the Moutere? I love the geography of it – love the feeling of living in part of a valley and the fact we can see the Mt Arthur Range – but most of all it’s the people and the sense this is a community. Although we are all spread out we know that when someone is in need there is always someone else there to support them. How did you get to be the Sarau Festival organiser? Well, I had just come out of full time work, for the Ministry of Justice when someone decided it would be a good idea to have a festival. The blackcurrant harvest was approaching and the concept Full commitment: Community centre manager Katrina McLean, left, and Sarau Festival organiser Jenny Leith relax on the steps of the Moutere Hills Community Centre. was to help put the industry on the map and bring people out to see the Moutere Hills Community Centre to try and raise the community’s profile. I said, ‘‘I can do that,’’ but did not realise it would take nine days a week – but every year it gets easier and we have a great team where everyone takes responsibility for their own thing. I’m there to support people and make sure it comes together. Why should people come along to the festival? Because it is held in the late afternoon we get that warm ambient feeling when it is not too hot. It’s a relaxing atmosphere, spacious, interesting and a great place to sit with friends and have a glass of wine. But please do not bring any dogs on-site. A little bit about yourself – you are a lawyer? By training – my employment now in doing dispute resolution – mediation and arbitration which I really enjoy and which takes me around the region and across the country. Photo: ALDEN WILLIAMS How long have you been in the Moutere? Thirty-eight years. Philip, my husband, got a job up here working for the Waimea Co-operative managing an asparagus and boysenberry farm in Motueka. We thought it would only be for a couple of years. We never left. Tell us something of yourself few people know. When I was a waitress at the 1974 Commonwealth Games I got to serve Princess Anne! THE TASMAN LEADER, JANUARY 30, 2014 5 GUARANTEED BEST VALUE FOR MONEY IN NELSON Standard features include • Engineered Rib Raft slabs • Tested Zog framing to Magnitude 9 • Thermally broken double glazed windows 5837023AA BADMINTON COACHING WHERE: SAXTON STADIUM 142 Saxton Road East, Nelson • Ultra line Gib board to all internal walls • Stone kitchen bench tops • L.E.D downlights CALL ERIC, CHRIS OR MIKE 03 543 8100 SHOWHOME NOW OPEN 3 MAKO STREET, RICHMOND, NELSON VISIT WWW.GOLDENHOMES.CO.NZ TO FIND YOUR NEAREST SHOWHOME FIND OUT FROM THE EXPERTS WHY MORE PEOPLE ARE BUILDING A STRONGER, SAFER, HEALTHIER GOLDEN HOME 6 WEEK COURSE EVERY WEDNESDAY Starting on Wednesday 19th February 2014 Juniors 4.00pm – 5.00pm (6 weeks only $24.00) or $5.00 per session Adults 5.00pm – 6.00pm (6 weeks only $30.00) or $6.00 per session Everyone is Welcome! 5861347AA more people, more active, more often FOR HEALTH 12 WEEK COURSE TAI CHI WHERE: SAXTON STADIUM 142 Saxton Road East, Nelson EVERY THURSDAY Beginners: 10.00 am Intermediate: 11.30 am Cost $7.00 per session or $72.00 for 12 weeks Starting on Thursday 13th February 2014 Improve flexibility, joint mobility, muscle strength and balance. www.sporttasman.org.nz Telephone 03 538 0072 TODAY! DON’T DELAY CALL NEW SHOWHOME NOW OPEN!
January 23rd 2014
February 6th 2014