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Filipino Community in a Multi-cultural Festival

Serge Ruiz —

Some of our students represented the community in a multi-cultural festival organised by the Migrants and Newcomers Group of Waimakariri District at the Tuahiwi Marae.

On Saturday, 9th November, participants were welcomed onto the marae with a traditional pōwhiri involving a karanga, whaikōrero (speeches) of welcome, greetings and a hongi.

This event celebrated the vibrant mix of cultures across our community, with participants who are from China, Netherlands, India, Iran, and other countries. Attendees brought a plate of food to share from their own culture or country.

Our students performed the traditional Filipino dance 'Tinikling' (bamboo dance) where, to the delight of everyone present, even the newly-elected mayor of Waimakariri District, Dan Gordon gave it a try.  

Image by: Nick Colville