Pink pooches to join the parade

Miniature fox terrier Lucy models an appropriately comfortable outfit for the Pooch in Pink Parade – a new addition to the 2018 HOT Pink Walk.

The colour pink is believed to be the colour of universal love of oneself and others, including our pets.

Fitting, then, that Tauranga will be swathed in a sea of pink on October 10 for the annual HOT Pink Walk in support of breast cancer sufferers.

A new feature of the walk this year will include a Pooch in Pink Parade, complete with a doggy catwalk, and the best dressed canine will win a $150 prize pack from Tauranga Vets.

The annual walk is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust, which has been running the twilight event since 2002.

Manager Helen Alice has taken her dog Boston on the walk for the past two years, and says there has been a noticeable increase in people bringing their dogs along to join in the fun.

“Lots of dogs walk wearing their outfits or bandannas,” says Helen, “and we thought it would be nice to have some fun with it.”

Dogs must be on a lead and comfortable in crowds, as well as being comfortable in their outfits.

The event gets under way on The Strand at 5.30pm on Wednesday, October 10 with a Zumba warm-up, release of doves and a one-minute silence to remember those who have died.

The 3km walk starts at 6pm and makes its way along Devonport Road, Elizabeth Street, Brown Street, Willow Street and back to Masonic Park.

There will be entertainment ‘hot spots’ along the way, including Tauranga Samba, the Dancing Divas, Greek dancing, singing groups and more.

Entry to the HOT Pink Walk is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and a gold coin for children.

Register online at: or buy tickets from Z Stations or House of Travel shops.