• Greg Ellis

Rain or shine Porirua knows how to party

I've been living in Porirua for 6 years now and proud of it! I'm also proud of the fact that the weather in Titahi Bay, where we live, seems better than your average Wellington weather. I like to boast, without any firm meterological justification, that our temperatures are about 1 degree warmer than Wellington.

That may not have been the case recently.

But it doesn't seem to be a problem for the hardy folk of Porirua.

I've been involved with a couple of Porirua City Council's summer events - the Symphony at the Lagoon and the Summer Concert Series. My official title was MC, but it might as well have been rainmaker.

For every one of the dates, over a month long period, the rain fell. And the people of Porirua didn't care. They came out by the 100s to dance in the rain. I'm not sure that there's many other places where the people would turn out and the council would keep the event going to give them the opportunity to do so.

Heaps of credit to the PCC.

And they were great events - especially the Symphony. It's been a while since I've been around a full symphony orchestra but when it kicks in it's a powerful experience. Listening to the Imperial March from Star Wars performed by a full orchestra is pretty awesome for a giant man-child! There's also nothing like watching cannons going off whilst dressed Steampunk styles to the strains of the 1812 Overture.

Cheers Porirua for not letting the rain slow you down!

#MC #Porirua

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