by Jaine Cronin, Pūkenga Manāki (Whānau Ora Navigator)
On 14th of December at 4pm, Nelson held it’s first Mākete Pō (Night Market). The event was an opportunity to support small Māori businesses. It was held under the korowai of “Economic Pou” and was sponsored by Ngāti Kuia with collective support from other iwi and organisations.
It was a great night and right in town in Kirby Lane (off Bridge St) with a range of stalls offering Māori Arts and Crafts, rongoa, food and other products. Local Māori talent provided the enjoyable free entertainment. Te Piki Oranga had a stall offering first aid, free water, free health checks and information around safe partying in the holiday season, especially for our taiohi (teenagers).
The event was well attended by whānau and tauiwi alike and feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive.
If you would like more information on Safe Partying or tips to delay teenage drinking please visit https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/campaigns/the-plan-delay-teen-drinking/