Fantastic Family Fun Day


The Two Rivers Community Trust have a simple vision: to be a resilient community where people belong, contribute and flourish – Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your basket and my basket the people will live.

Over 1400 community members got to feel that connectedness as they came together to enjoy some good, old-fashioned, fun at the annual Malvern Family Fun Day held in Darfield on Waitangi Day (February 6th) 2020.

“The weather was glorious and the vibe was high, enjoyment by those attending was everywhere you looked,” commented  Rachael Inch, on behalf of event organisers, the Two Rivers Community Trust. “It was clear that locals respected the resource as people took care of their own rubbish and left nothing lying around,” she added.

The day began with sack and wheelbarrow races, and Selwyn Parenting Network had a great time with children at their gumboot throwing competition,  while promoting the service they provide.

Local volunteers who run services, and are involved in many groups; Malvern Community Vehicle Trust, St John, Malvern Hub, Foodbank, Two Rivers Community Trust, and Malvern Community Patrol turned up to showcase what they do for the community. The Darfield Volunteer Fire Brigade took families on rides with their vintage fire engine.

There was an array of colour at the hugely popular Selwyn Creative Network water gun painting station, while their community partners at Heenolly painted intricate henna designs on children. There were also two face painting tents working hard to transform the faces of eager youngsters.

Pedalmania and Selwyn Sports Trust had their activities humming and the Darfield Plunket, Toy Library and Playcentre, plus PAUA provided activities for smaller children.

“Candy floss and sausages raised funds for the Two Rivers Community Trust to continue serving the local area with events like this,” Rachael added.

“As midday approached it was time to recognise New Zealand’s national day with the community stopping to sing the national anthem,” Rachael explained. “This was followed by a moving and powerful haka performed by local Nikau Davies, welcoming the Hon Amy Adams who officially opened the event,” she added.

The Selwyn youth band ‘Out of Control’ rocked the stage and was well received by the crowd.

“It was the team of volunteers who pulled this event together and made it special,” Rachael said. “You can have the world’s best event planning, but  without wonderful people who remember the little things; who run the stalls, set up tables and chairs, make the community welcome, tirelessly run our rural services with little support and of course the contributing community-led organisations from wider Selwyn, it would not be such a successful event,” Rachael stressed.

“Our rural community of Malvern is strong and together we will continue the ethos of what a neighbour can do for a neighbour,” she concluded.