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Classy Kai Fest video a starter for next year

May 5th, 2017

Planning is under way for a repeat performance of the Motueka Kai Fest in 2018, beginning with the publication of a YouTube video showing the highlights of the 2017 event.

The classy 8-minute video was edited and produced by Chrissie Small, of Out of the Box Production House, using hours of footage taken on the day. Click here to view.

Chrissie has also released a second video giving a tast of the Pacifica entertainment and some of the food stalls. View it here.

Following the much acclaimed success of the inaugural event on April 9th (see our earlier story), six members of the organising team have agreed to set up a new charitable trust to ensure the event is carried on into the future as a signature annual event for Motueka.

They will be meeting next week to finalise their constitution, plan a course of action, and look at budgets and funding options. They have already decided that next year's event will be held on Sunday, April 8th.

Apart from the six new trustees, other members of the 2017 organising committee have promised to continue contributing to the 2018 event.

The new trust was agreed to because the organisation which acted as umbrella and funding provider for the inaugural event, Vision Motueka, encouraged the Kai Fest team to take on the challenge of being responsible for making a sustainable event into the future.

"Vision Motueka is a project development group, not an operations group," said Vision chairman David Armstrong.

"Our ideal way of working is to develop, alone or in partnerships with others, ideas that will improve Motueka, and then help the people fired with the purpose of the project to set up their own organisation and operate it their way.

"The people involved in the new Kai Fest trust are all brilliant and dedicated organisers and food lovers, and have a creative flair for celebratory events such as this.

"Now that they've worked together for the first event, they will do a much better job of keeping it going and improving it than Vision would if we'd kept overall management of it."

The new trust, to be called the Kai Fest Trust, will take with them a small bank balance from Vision Motueka, which was raised this year from the fees paid by all stall holders (apart from normal Sunday Market operators).

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