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Colourful characters take part in the inaugural Pāuanui Pink Walk. Photo: SUPPLIED

Pāuanui Pink Walk held for breast cancer awareness

Things were looking rosy in Pāuanui at the inaugural Pāuanui Pink Walk held recently to celebrate community revitalisation and raise breast cancer awareness.

Organised by long-time local residents Mandy Alexander and Paula Leen from Hello Friday, the walk was part of Thames-Coromandel District Council’s Business Recovery Fund work to help communities move past the recent challenges of weather events and road closures.

The Pink Walk transformed the township into a sea of pink and celebration, as more than 130 enthusiastic participants donned vibrant outfits, wigs and accessories and walked together through Pauanui’s scenic pathways and along the beachfront.


Local businesses also joined in, decorating storefronts with pink balloons and offering promotions to support the event throughout the weekend.

Council said it’s Business Recovery Fund focused on local initiatives and projects aimed at invigorating communities following the impact of events like the Kōpū-Hikuai road closure.

The Pauanui Pink Walk aimed to bring attention to the importance of breast health and the valuable work carried out by the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Following the walk, a prizegiving was held at the Pāuanui Club and spot prizes were given out, the majority of which were vouchers for local businesses, to help ensure resources continue to circulate within the local area and economy. 

The walk was the first of three events planned for Pāuanui. Coming up are the Pāuanui Long Lunch on 24 February, followed by Music at the Point on 9 March. Head to the What’s on Pāuanui Facebook page to keep in the loop with these events.