#UptownMadness was a 4 day event in Wairoa delivered through the school holidays from Yroa Ynot crew with the setting for the week's activities being held at the Wairoa Community Centre and Alexandra Park.
This was definitely a week for highlighting youth participation and showcasing youth leadership. “Youth leading Youth” The week ran from Wednesday 15th April - Saturday 18th April 2015. Each day had a youth event director and a working team who planned, organised, budgeted and delivered their day's activities.
Sports Day: Wednesday started at 3pm with over 12 teams registering to play basketball, touch rugby, indoor netball and ki-o-rahi. As the night air was turning cold it did not deter the keen sportsmen and women from playing. Hot food and desserts were a huge hit for that cold spell.
Talent Day: Thursday presented 4 workshops which were facilitated by local artists, musicians and businesses. Dance and Drama – Sahara Tutu and 2 crew members, Arts and Craft – Chantze Rohe, Beauty and Fashion – Amber Soloman, Music and Instruments – Layton Gemmell.
Challenge Day: Friday consisted of 4 areas of challenging levels. The Hunger Games (Fear Factor), The Wipe Out, The Technology Challenge and the Amazing Race (3km of obstacle course). All hands were on deck for this day as we had 4 elements to be safely delivered for all participants.
Big Day: Saturday's events saw Sport Finals from Wednesdays competition been played. Then a "Night Giving" concert with Kahurangi Performing Arts Academy to open up our evening, followed by local youth artists and closed with the local band Cover 5. There were spot prizes handed out to youth who could answer quiz questions correctly, or participate in dance and singing battles.
The event was able to take place with huge support from Ministry of Youth Development and two of our youth collective agencies Wairoa Community Centre and Wairoa Youth Services. Together we were able to identify and showcase unique talents within rangatahi in our Wairoa District.