We Are With You: Celebrate Diversity April 6 in Manukau

We Stand Together Diverse as we are together

The Diversity Festival that is being held at Hayman Park in Manukau on April 6 was long organised before the Terror Attack against Muslims in their place of Worship on Friday. However, the Festival definitely has even more meaning know as the perfect opportunity to recognise and celebrate our diversity in New Zealand – as a way of saying to White Fascism TAKE A HIKE!

The details of the Diversity Festival:

Preparations in full swing for Diversity Festival 2019

Published: 8 March 2019S

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Fuli (right) revealed the Diversity Festival poster with the festival organiser Rana Judge at Hayman Park, Manukau. Source: Auckland Council

Get ready to experience the diverse cultures of South Auckland with Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s signature event, Diversity Festival.

The event, scheduled to take place at Hayman Park, Manukau on 6 April, is the brainchild of the local board who is proud to celebrate the vibrant cultures and communities of Ōtara-Papatoetoe. 

A glimpse of performance by a local cultural group at the Diversity Festival 2018. Source: Auckland Council

Board Chair Lotu Fuli says the success of the first festival encouraged the board to continue the annual event.

“The first-ever Diversity Festival last year was very well received by our communities with people turning up in huge numbers which encouraged us to keep it going,” she says.

“The local board is committed to supporting our communities, local business and cultural groups and this festival does exactly that. It is run by our community, for our community.

“It showcases diverse local talent, businesses and community groups on a bigger platform and invites people from all over Auckland to experience what all the local board area has to offer.”

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Fuli kick-started the preparations with the Diversity Festival poster reveal and a quick invitation.

Rana Judge of World Council of Sikh Affairs who is putting this event together says the event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about various cultures through cultural show and stalls.

“Manukau ward has one of the most diverse communities and through this festival, we aim to represent them.

“We are currently in touch with various cultural groups – including Māori, Pacific, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi among others, who are keen to perform at the event this year,” he says.

A glimpse of performance by a local cultural group at the Diversity Festival 2018. Source: Auckland Council

Rana says that there’s a lot more in store this year for people of different age groups and interests. Apart from cultural and kids’ performances, the festival highlights will include a cultural show, fashion show, dance competition, cultural food stalls and celebrity meet up

“We want festival visitors to enjoy the event thoroughly and so we are planning some on-ground activities apart from the stage performances. There will also be an LED screen installed beside the stage that will capture various activities going on during the festival.”

Groups willing to book a free stall at the festival to showcase their culture, sell goods or use this festival for fundraising can contact Rana Judge on 027 274 6401, or visit the festival website to register for performances or stalls.

The festival will be held on Saturday, 6 April 2019 from 10am to 5pm at Hayman Park, Manukau with entertainment and activities throughout the day.

See the OurAuckland event listing for full information.

Hayman Park. Manukau. Source: Auckland Council

Source: Our Manukau

So get down there, book a stall or just take part in the festivities at Hayman Park, Manukau City Centre!

The park is real easy to get to with ample parking nearby as well as the bus and train stations being right next door!

We will see you there!