Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Slip Along to Year of the Snake Celebrations


Slip Along to Year of the Snake Celebrations


Dunedin (Monday, 4 February 2013) – It may be Year of the Snake, but there will still be a dragon or two.

The Dunedin Chinese Garden is celebrating Chinese New Year with an extensive programme of activities from Saturday 9 February to Tuesday 12 February.

Dunedin Chinese Garden Manager Margo Reid says as in previous years a major highlight will be the Dragon Parade and fireworks on the night of Sunday 10 February. Displays in other years have drawn crowds of almost 5000 people on a fine night.

Instead of its usual entry charges, the Garden will open to the public for a gold coin donation at 7pm on the 10th. Food stalls will be serving tasty offerings in the car park. The Dragon Parade leaves the Octagon at 7.15pm, heading down Stuart Street to arrive at the Garden about 7.45pm. Fire crackers on the Pai Lau (ceremonial entrance) will welcome the dragon and then Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull will “awaken the lion” at 8pm.

There will then be continuous entertainment until the fireworks at 10pm. Ms Reid says there will be great variety as this year traditional Chinese performers will be joined by performers from other Asian cultures.

“It’s going to be a really outstanding night.”

As well as those celebrations, there are plenty of other fun activities at the Garden over the four days. These include the opportunity to learn a few phrases of conversational Mandarin, take part in a traditional tea ceremony or attend a paper cutting demonstration and lessons.

These events are free when you pay the standard entry charges to the Garden.

Visitors can also get good value from their change – spend $1 on a bag of fish food for the Garden’s hungry fish or on a red ribbon to tie on the Wishing Tree and make a wish for the New Year.

Further details are available on the Dunedin Chinese Garden website – www.dunedinchinesegarden.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gaza.Scoop: Another Israeli Attack On A Hospital

Israeli tanks attacked Al Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah, killing five patients and doctors, and injuring more than 70.

The third and fourth floors, housing the emergency department, orthopaedic department, surgical department, and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were destroyed. Operating theatres had to cease work because of the lack of oxygen.

Patients are being evacuated to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the European Gaza Hospital between Rafah and Khan Younes. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Dotcom Emails

The Dotcom residency decision fails any number of sniff tests... Why, then, was it approved? Here we get into the realm of the “INZ being under political pressure” to approve Dotcom’s application. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shonky Police Statistics, And The Israeli Air Strikes On Gaza

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police doing the fudging and – at the time – it was then-Police Minister Judith Collins claiming the credit... More>>

ALSO:

'Clean Rivers': Green Party Launches Key Election Priority

The Green Party will make a series of announcements over the course of the election campaign in which it will outline the specifics of how it will clean up our rivers and protect our beaches. In the first of these announcements the party launched its plan for clean rivers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news