The inaugural Glenavon Island Night was held last month at Glenavon School and was attended by around 70 enthusiastic local residents who enjoyed a welcome break from regular family duties and the chance to hang out with other locals at this special adults-only shindig.
The Danger Island Band had folk shimmying island-style all night, while the Te Au Moana Dance Troup offered a chance to kick back and be entertained by their exciting island dance floor show.
Chief organisers Te Pano, who is on the Glenavon Community Trust and is also the caretaker at Glenavon School, and Shalema from Community Waitakere were thrilled with how the evening turned out, enjoying the participation from the community and seeing the fun that was being held by all.
Te Pano’s wife Tapana prepared delicious Rarotongan donuts and chicken drumsticks for the crowd, while Blockhouse Bay Baptist volunteers whipped up island-style potato salad and rice with chop suey.
Glenavon Island Night was made possible by the collaboration of many partners and community members, including Glenavon Community Trust, Community Waitakere, Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church, Glenavon School and the Whau Local Board. Organisers hope that this inaugural event will become an annual event.