Picking flowers to connect with community


Anyone looking for a nice day in the sun, picking flowers and relaxing, can head to Papakaio next weekend for the Waitaki Newcomers Network picnic.

The picnic will be held at Ian and Gloria Hurst’s farm opposite Papakaio School on Saturday, September 6, at 11am.

Waitaki Newcomers Network coordinator Christine Dorsey said the event would be a good way for people to come together and have an enjoyable time.

“It just brings people together and, also what I like about it is it just brings all ages together.”

People will be able to come, have a picnic and pick as many daffodils as they want.

“What I like about it is that children so often get told they can’t pick flowers and here they can pick as many as they want.”

The event was not just for families with children, as adults could pick flowers too or just sit down in the nice area and have some lunch, she said.

Last year, which was the first time it was held, people picked so many flowers that they had enough to deliver to Oamaru’s rest homes and Mrs Dorsey hoped they could do it again this year.

The coordinator has also organised another event for this weekend to Teschemakers which will be held on Saturday at 2pm.

The daffodil picnic will be held on Saturday, September 6 at 11am at Ian and Gloria Hurst’s farm opposite Papakaio School.

Phone or text Christine on 027 242 8643 for more information and for cancellations (if the weather does not permit the event to happen). Anyone coming along needs to bring their own food and drink, picnic rug and buckets (for picking flowers).



FLOWER GIRLS: Julia Dorsey and Jamie Hayes (both aged 12 at the time) with the flowers they picked at last year’s event.

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