Maja Pedovic Moors’ Ma’Keto Kitchen will be one of the stalls at the new markets.
Merchants of Te Hana and Wellsford will soon have a place to sell their wares, with the launch of the two new night markets.
The first night market will be held at Te Hana Te Ao Marama on Friday, October 16, followed by a second market at the Wellsford Community Centre on Friday, October 23. Both markets will be held from 4.30pm to 8pm.
Organiser Maja Pedovic Moors says the markets are on Friday evenings to capture traffic heading north, as well as to appeal to the local community.
For the first market in Te Hana, a free bus will run between Wellsford to Te Hana Te Ao Marama, leaving every half an hour.
“Come and support local, and let’s have a feast and some fun,” Maja says.
The markets will alternate between the two locations each Friday, and will be run until Easter.
Maja says bookings for stall spaces has already been strong and a wide range of goods will be on offer including fresh vegetables, car boot sales, craft and food trucks.
She is encouraging anyone who wants a space to get in touch soon, as she is reserving space for local vendors before opening it up to the wider Auckland region.
For the first two markets, stalls will be free. From then on, spaces will cost between $5 and $15, with the proceeds from Wellsford market returned to the community via the Lions and the Community Centre.
“We want it to be it to be affordable and risk free for the community, so we also have a ‘no sell, no pay’ policy.
“We want people to feel they can come and sell something, even if it’s just a few things out of their garage that they want to pass on.”
Maja hopes to screen a movie in the community centre on the same evening as the first market in Wellsford, but this will depend on some logistical challenges.
The markets were identified as one of the top priorities in the Rodney Local Board-funded Wellsford Community Voices plan.
Auckland Council is supporting the market with free use of the Wellsford Community Centre, while Wellsford Lions Club members have volunteered to coordinate, set up, run and clean up the markets in Wellsford.