Strawberry festival forever 

Kelly (centre) is pictured taste-testing with Pak’nSave owner-operators Ewan Atherton (left) and Shara Cutler. Picture by Paul Rickard

The annual Hospice Tairawhiti Strawberry Festival is on Sunday at a new venue. Waikanae Reserve next to Waikanae Surf Club is the place, from 10am until about 1pm — or when the strawberries run out.

Strawberries and ice cream have been donated by Pak’nSave Gisborne and up to 40 volunteers will help on the day, including entertainment, a Lions Club sausage sizzle, face painting and a raffle.

Strawberries and ice cream with strawberry topping will cost only $5, with money raised going to Hospice Tairawhiti. Hospice funding development and public relations manager Kelly Simpson said the venue change was because last year it had to be called off because of rain.

“This year I decided to have it somewhere so if it does rain, we can still inside the surf club,” she said.

The annual Hospice Tairawhiti Strawberry Festival is on Sunday at a new venue. Waikanae Reserve next to Waikanae Surf Club is the place, from 10am until about 1pm — or when the strawberries run out.

Strawberries and ice cream have been donated by Pak’nSave Gisborne and up to 40 volunteers will help on the day, including entertainment, a Lions Club sausage sizzle, face painting and a raffle.

Strawberries and ice cream with strawberry topping will cost only $5, with money raised going to Hospice Tairawhiti. Hospice funding development and public relations manager Kelly Simpson said the venue change was because last year it had to be called off because of rain.

“This year I decided to have it somewhere so if it does rain, we can still inside the surf club,” she said.

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