The Waitakere Diwali Festival held at the ‘House of
Diwali’ –Trusts Stadium last Sunday was in the words of many
of those who attended, the ‘choicest’ ever.
With a variety
of performances ranging from the entertaining Bollywood
dances to the rhythmic Samoan reggae band to the awe
inspiring classical dances, the Festival brought life,
spirit and a deep sense of community to the more than 8,000
people that attended.
Ann Pala, Diwali Project Manager
said that “the overwhelming response from the diverse
communities means that New Zealand is definitely moving
ahead with multiculturalism and acceptance of each other and
Waitakere City is a symbol of this”.
Mayor Bob Harvey
opened the formal part of the celebrations supported by Hon
Chris Carter, MP for Te Atatu and Hon Pansy Wong, MP for
Along with the delectable Indian food
available, there were several stalls providing a wide range
of stunning Indian arts, crafts and fashion.
agree however, that the exciting and fun-filled day was
brilliantly topped off by the spectacular night time
fireworks display by Te Rangi Huata and his Public Dreams
team from Hastings.
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