“A big part of my life is the market. It’s coming up to 14 years (as Manager). We have our own community out here with everyone that comes in. It’s changed a lot. We’ve been through two earthquakes; the shootings; all sorts of things. COVID. Everything that can be thrown at us really.
The Riccarton Market is owned by the Riccarton Rotary Charitable Trust. I’m paid and there are three other staff paid, but all the rest are volunteers. A couple of the Rotary clubs are still quite blokey however in the Riccarton Rotary club, we’ve actually got a female president at the moment. Even the guys will say to us, oh you’re more organized and get things done. I’ll leave it at that!
I paint myself, so I’m always keen on what other people are making, and I appreciate the creativity behind it.
There’s a few of the old original people around the market. Albany – he sells second hand collectables and he’s been here well over 30 years. He just moved with us every time we moved. For stallholders it’s a way of life and they like the community and the companionship that is out here. They all look after each other and have become friends, extended family.
If there’s a good band playing, people come out, they bring their picnic blanket, and they sit down with their family. The kids get up and dance, everyone’s having a good time. So that’s a great day for me.”