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Candidates get their groove on

Garden Groove Organisers

26 August 2008

Candidates get their groove on

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Lulu and the Puppets with Botany candidate Pansy Wong, Manurewa candidate Cam Calder and Mangere candidate Mita Harris


National's South and East Auckland candidates were just some of the 150 people who braved the rain to attend Garden Groove, a community event held on Sunday at the Auckland Botanical Gardens to celebrate the diversity and talent of young Aucklanders.

Cam Calder, Kanwal Bakshi, Mita Harris, Pansy Wong turned out to the event, organised by the Young Nationals with support from local National party groups. They were also joined by Cr. Sam Lotu-iiga, National candidate in Maungakiekie.

"Garden Groove was a testament to the strength of community feeling in the area," said National's Manukau East candidate Kanwal Bakshi.

"All of the groups that turned out, from Lulu and the Puppets to Au Capoeira, were an inspiration to South and East Auckland," said Mangere candidate Mita Harris.

"Not only were the entertainers local, support was given by local businesses - Sound Hire and Carlton Party Hire - and local community groups sold food to fundraise. This was a real grassroots level event," added Botany candidate Pansy Wong.

"The young performers at Garden Groove were outstanding and showcased the depth of talent in the community. It was great to see young people coming together to put on such a positive event," said Manurewa candidate Cam Calder.

Performing acts included the Pride of Auckland men's a capella choir, rock band Lulu and the Puppets, Au Capoeira, Wishing Well of India Bhangra Dance Group and a local Chinese Lion Dance group.

Event organisers say the mix was reflective of the changing face of New Zealand.

"This was a proud celebration of the local community and the diversity it harbours. It was an event organised, supported by and reflective of our community," said the event organisers.


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