This weekend’s spectacular Ōtaki Kite Festival will bring thousands of dollars to the local economy.
Organisers are expecting visitor numbers to exceed the estimated number of attendees at last year’s festival (between 10,000–15,000 people) and that the likely visitor spend over the two days will be more than $500,000.
The council is providing the main portion of funding needed to run the kite festival, as the event has been identified as one which will enhance our district as a vibrant, diverse and thriving place to visit.
“Council’s Environment and Community Development Committee which I chair recently approved additional money from our district events fund for the festival,” Councillor Penny Gaylor says. “These extra funds are going into marketing the event so more people will hear about the festival and come along. Whilst here, visitors will then purchase local services and products that grow our local economy.”
Another hotly-anticipated event in Ōtaki — the Māoriland Film Festival from 23–27 March (also part funded by council) — is expected to bring in around $400,000. So the estimated visitor spend for the two events is nearly a million dollars.
“Ōtaki once again shows its commitment and talent punching well above its weight to deliver these two internationally-renowned events,” says Ōtaki Community Board Chair James Cootes. “Run largely by passionate local volunteers, these events put Ōtaki in the spotlight and have a significant economic benefit for the town and the wider Kāpiti district thanks to the support from council.”
The kite festival will feature a Rokkaku business kite challenge (where kite fliers try to bring down the kites of other competitors), stunt kites, live music and plenty of stalls including food, arts and crafts, face painting, a merry-go-round and bouncy castle. Held at Ōtaki Beach, the event runs from 10am–4pm on both Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March.
3 March 2016