New Year’s Picnic 2020

The Island’s longest running annual event, the New Years Picnic, is now just around the corner. 80 years ago this event was an annual local sports day where families island wide would travel to catch up socially and watch the fiercely contested races. It has been kept alive over the years by the Blackwell and Sanderson families. For the past two decades or so  it has been managed by the Aotea Family Support Group Trust, but it is still essentially about catching up with people you haven’t seen for a while and celebrating the relaxed island culture in an alcohol and smoke free family-friendly environment. Up to 50 stalls are set up, hosting a wide variety of local art & crafts, yummy hot food and baking. There will be live music all day long and plenty of shade provided for relaxing out of the sun.

The ever popular wacky kids races make a return on the day along with the tug of war and Russell’s legendary water slide! And Ngaire the face painter will be back at the kids tent!
The picnic is the major annual fundraiser for The Aotea Family Support Group Trust. There will be an awesome raffle sold and drawn on the day along with a charity auction held around noon. All gate donations, stall fees, raffle and auction proceeds will go towards helping the AFSG Trust continue it’s important work with local youth.

Keen on having a stall or have a question about the event? Contact the Picnic Coordinator, Johnno Stapleton,,
021 054 0349, or

2nd January 2020
Claris Sports Club
10 am onwards

Possible thanks to a subsidy from the Great Barrier Local Board.

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