The Mapua Easter Fair is traditionally held on Easter Sunday and has been running since 1982. It’s now in its 36th year of operation. From small beginnings, it has grown to over 220 stalls.
As records go the Easter Fair started life as a car boot sale by Patrick Hogan and in April
1982 together with members of the Moutere Hills Progressive League, the Mapua Hall
Committee and community volunteers it established at the Domain with boomerang
demonstrations and 15 stalls selling herbs, vegetables, crafts and preserves. Funds raised
were distributed among these local community groups including Mapua Playcentre and the Scouts. The fair quickly became a success attracting visitors from near and far so around 1987 Playcentre was approached to take on the running of the fair, though after some time the Fair grew too big for the Playcentre whanau to run alone and they requested the help of Mapua School and they joined forces to provide an outstanding family and community event.
The Fair is over seen by The Mapua Easter Fair Charitable Trust which distributes funds raised between Mapua Playcentre and Mapua School. The fair is the key annual fundraiser for both the Mapua Playcentre and School. The event is run entirely by volunteers. Without the funds raised, the Playcentre would not remain financially viable and the School would need to find alternate means to receive much-needed funds.
Every year the trust and the committee ensure that the Easter Fair is an enjoyable, family-centred, fun day out for everyone.