DELIGHTS: Meleah, 4, and Peyton Turei, 6, show the sideshow prizes they have won. D9725-051

THE people of Opotiki were dancing in the streets on Saturday following the announcement $79.4 million dollars has been granted for the Opotiki Harbour Project.

Elliott Street was cordoned off to traffic for a street party from 4pm until 8pm.

Speaking at the celebration, Opotiki Mayor Lyn Riesterer said it was the first harbour to be built in New Zealand for more than 100 years.

Smoke-filled bubbles, circus acts, dancing, and a merry-go-round were included among the attractions. Band Sons of Zion headlined the show, supported by T-Sharp and Daughters of Ally.

Opotiki District Council acting i-SITE manager and events officer Joseph Hayes said he estimated 2000 people had attended the event.

“It went really well and we’ve had lots of positive feedback,” he says.