Though David Denton (pictured) only moved to Kaiwaka last March, he wasn’t trying to make the town his own but rather get the local community motivated to possibly utilise the growing volume of traffic that cruises on through, plus the growing population within the near confines of the town.
After discussions with townsfolk, David canvassed stallholders and patrons at Matakana and Mangawhai markets.
Based loosely on similar lines to others – food, produce, arts and crafts – there have now been two market days held in the parking area at Three Furlongs Hotel.
The initial 16 stallholders have already grown and several other local merchants are interested in attending the Friday fixture as it gives them another outlet for their wares but doesn’t encroach on other established markets which they regularly attend.
“It took a little time to get going, with a few Council hoops to jump through, but already people are recognising Friday markets as a special day,” says David. “It brings people out, brings them together and puts some energy into the village and we are optimistic about it’s future, especially if we can encourage passers-by to stop here as well, if only briefly.”