After a summer of long hot days and a flat calm Otago Harbour it was a shock to be welcomed by a stiff south-westerly breeze for the harbour fun day and picnic. With the looming weather and a busy weekend of other competing events in the city, the numbers visiting was fewer, but those who did turn out were equally enthusiastic. The Portobello Volunteer Fire Brigade gave the kids a real hands on introduction to fire-fighting, which was also a future recruiting drive. It was great to see the dedication of the local Coastguard’s new boat with a blessing by Otakou Kaumatua Edward Ellison and the Coastguard chaplain. Also with the celebration of Seaweek, Kimberly Collins from Marine Metre Squared program was available to motivate citizen scientists in the study of Portobello’s own Latham Bay and its marine life. Many thanks to those who paid us a visit today and to the Portobello Community Incorporated team for putting in another great effort, despite the reminder that Autumn has arrived!
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