Fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to fei­joas

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHANDRA

If you’re a lover of fei­joas and live in Auck­land’s city cen­tre, there is a fes­ti­val just for you.

The Fei­joa Fes­ti­val has been or­gan­ised by in­ner-city com­mu­nity group Splice’s Guild of the Fei­joa as a way to bring Auck­land’s CBD apart­ment­d­wellers to­gether and to con­nect over their love of fei­joas.

The guild was es­tab­lished in 2015 and it planted the neigh­bour­hood’s first for­est of six fei­joa trees at the bot­tom of Con­sti­tu­tion Hill near An­zac Ave.

Splice was a move­ment of peo­ple liv­ing in Auck­land’s city cen­tre which en­gages in ad­ven­ture.

Fei­joa Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Mik Smel­lie said they hoped to raise aware­ness that city liv­ing wasn’t pri­mar­ily for business but was also a place that peo­ple called home.

Like the Fes­ti­val of Roses in Par­nell and weekly mar­kets in other Auck­land sub­urbs, or­gan­is­ers of the Fei­joa Fes­ti­val hope to make theirs an an­nual neigh­bour­hood event.

This would be the sec­ond time the Fei­joa Fes­ti­val would be held.

‘‘It was born to some ex­tent out of the idea that ac­cess to free fei­joa is some­thing akin to a cus­tom­ary right for many Ki­wis,’’ Smel­lie said.

‘‘Also as more of us take up apart­ment life­styles, this does not mean a to­tal loss of ac­tive en­gage­ment in out­door ac­tiv­ity like fruit grow­ing and gar­den­ing.’’

Smel­lie said they also had a spe­cial guest speaker planned for the evening.

‘‘Ini­tia­tives like these are re­spond­ing to the shift that has oc­curred in the ge­o­graph­i­cal space ly­ing within the bounds of the mo­tor­way sys­tem.

‘‘A shift away from sim­ply be­ing a place pri­mar­ily for com­merce, the old no­tion of the CBD, to one where peo­ple also live their daily lives and have the needs of a com­mu­nity.

’’It is a neigh­bour­hood rich in many sub­stan­tial re­sources like uni­ver­si­ties and art gal­leries.

‘‘But it has min­i­mal so­cial in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port such a size­able num­ber of peo­ple who call the place home.’’

The Fei­joa Fes­ti­val be­gins at 6pm at TABAC on Mills Lane.

Res­i­dents can sub­mit photos of fei­joas in a city cen­tre land­scape as part of a com­pe­ti­tion to be judged on the day.

En­tries for the photo com­pe­ti­tion should be emailed to mik@splice.org.nz be­fore May 24.

VALENTYN VOLKOV/FAIR­FAX NZ

The Fei­joa Fes­ti­val hopes to bring peo­ple liv­ing in the city to­gether and make it an an­nual neigh­bour­hood event.

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