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Kids market shines bright

This January, we wanted to mix things up a bit, and hosted our first ever Kids Market + regular market. With over 30 tamariki and rangatahi aged between 6 and 18 have a stall at our market. We were completely overwhelmed with the positive response from the community.

It was AWESOME! It’s been fantastic to see so many young people experience the fun and excitement of being part of a market. The highs of creating your product and feeling proud of your achievements, and the lows, when due to the weather we had to postpone the kids' market by one week.

Young people from across the region signed up to be stall holders, as well as Otaki youngsters, we had kids from Levin, Otaihanga and Wellington. Tamariki and rangahtai made a huge array of product, set up their stalls, created signs and posters and sold their own products. We had a huge variety of talent, including 16-year-old singer James Stent, (previously appearing on Maori TV, 5 minutes of fame). He sang a selection of easy listening songs and gave crooner Michael Buble a run for his money.

Our famous sausage sizzle was run by brother and sister team Crys and Darius (With a little help from Mum) they cooked up a storm on the BBQ.

Seven-year-old Maverick and his brothers and sisters made Yum Balls (aka Lolly cake), beautiful colouring twirling wands, fresh free-range eggs from their own chickens and forage edible garden flowers.

Fletcher who’s eight, created miniature garden furniture, especially designed for gnomes, fairies and pixies.

Our youngest stall holder, six-year-old Sadea, truly embraced the entrepreneurial spirit, and drew designs onto t-Shirts, using fabric pens. And lucky for us, there are a few adult sizes in the mix!

If it was jewellery, you were looking for then we had you covered! The Crafty Monkey’s a trio of sisters (Mykah, Indie and Poppy) had a gorgeous array of jewellery, including earrings, necklaces and keyrings. All handmade and specially crafted for the Otaki Market.

Local 10-year-old Twins, Paige and Scarlett hosted a beading and loom band stall where customers could make their own necklace or bracelets for $1.00.

There was also sister duo Elsa (14) and Lida (10), calling their stall Popcorn Craft. They created feather earrings upcycled from bike inner tubes. They also had a stash of sandwich wraps, which were all food grade PUL on the inside and perfect for keeping yummy sandwiches fresh (plus all machine washable).

We also had Labour MP Terisa Ngobi and Nationals Tim Costley on the Facepainting stall. The kids market is now something we are going to do every school holidays.

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