It’s MataCarnival Time!

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Car parking blues will soon be a thing of the past in Matakana Village, if Barbara Souter and Fiona Angus have their way. 5

The pair have teamed up to organise MataCarnival, a three-day festival and fundraiser for the all-weather car park in the paddock next to Matakana School.

“We were determined to create a fun family celebration that would bring the community together and raise funds for the parking our village so desperately needs,” says Barbara.

MataCarnival takes place from 24 to 26 March. Festivities kick off with a Grand Gala Evening and live auction at Plume Restaurant on the Friday night. On Saturday the entire village will transform into a giant market place, with Cuban music at the Matakana Pub and a live Caribbean steel band performing at venues around the village.

The weekend will culminate with a grand parade and concert at Matakana Country Park on Sunday 26 March, complete with carnival rides and a variety of performances on the outdoor stage.

“We’ve got Brazilian dancers, samba dancers, Capoeira martial arts performances, drummers, and there’ll be demonstrations by local riders and their horses,” says Barbara. “The Carnival Queen will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage, led by a parade of children, dancers and musicians.”

Motoring enthusiasts will enjoy the eclectic display of classic, vintage, muscle, American cars, motorbikes and trucks from passionate collectors across Rodney and beyond. Warwick from Mortimer Motorsports will show a MacLaren M8F Canon racecar – a sneak preview of which was spotted in Matakana on January 17.

Local police consented to the McLaren being driven down the road to Plume Café – and fuelling up at Gull Matakana (another sponsor of Matacarnival). Legendary racing driver Bruce McLaren’s daughter Amanda was there too, all the way from the UK. Mortimers will also exhibit a Toyota Seleca G.T. at the show, and Matakana-based motorcycling legend Graeme (Croz) Crosby will display a few of his exceptional motorbikes.

“Locals and visitors can picnic on the lawn while enjoying the authentic food, spectacular entertainment and carnival atmosphere,” says Barbara.

Tickets for the Sunday parade and concert cost $5 and will be available from local outlets from 1 February. For more information visit www.matacarnival.co.nz www.facebook.com/matacarnival or contact

Barbara 021 476 596