All about you being you

Emma Dalton, Helen Alice and Oli Tapiki-Thorpe.

Following the incredible success that was Tauranga Moana Pride 2019, the event is back on Sunday, March 8 this year, from 12-3pm at The Edgewater Fan on The Strand.

Organisers are hailing the event saying: “this year it’s bigger, it’s better and it’s even more fabulous!”

Last year saw more than 600 Bay of Plenty residents of every age group enjoy music, games, food stalls and spot prizes in a hugely colourful and family friendly day of fun.

This year’s event has a similar vibe with massive music acts, spot prizes, giveaways and a general message of strength in diversity, inclusion and ‘You Be You’.

“Last year’s event turned out to be such a success, such an amazing experience that we just couldn’t not do it again,” says chair of the Tauranga Pride committee Helen Alice.

This year, headline act Caitriona Fallon is joined on stage by Mount Maunganui musician and composer Ash LaForteza, Jzoe and the Stage Right Trust Choir. Zumba Tauranga promise an adrenalin rush of the popular dance craze.

Along with an opening from Tamati Coffey MP, speeches from Mayor Tenby Powell and youngster Bailey Hocking, it’s sure to be an inspiring, fun-filled day celebrating diversity and the power of people in Tauranga.

“Pride is a protest, Pride is a celebration, Pride is about understanding that the only thing that matters in life, is being happy,” says Alice.

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