Thousands turn out for Puni School’s Multicultural Festival
Franklin Multicultural Festival was an ‘‘absolute success’’ this year, says Puni School principal Jim Stafford-Bush.
The festival, held at Pukekohe Intermediate School on Sunday, involved a number of local schools. After the Ki-O-Rahi tournament, the cultural festivities took centre stage.
Mr Stafford-Bush says a highlight was the Indian dancers, who performed to Bollywood music in fantastically colourful costumes.
A variety of food was on offer. Popular dishes included butter chicken and behl.
This year authentic hangi fare was sold, prepared by an exstudent of Puni School who owns and operates the Hangi Shop in Otahuhu.
About 3000 people attended the festival and Puni School raised more than $15,000.
Mr Stafford-Bush is incredibly grateful to businesses which sponsored the event, supplying 18 teams with T-shirts for the sporting part of the festival.
Fulton Swim School was the event’s main sponsor.
A number of celebrities turned out to the event, including Minister for Ethnic Affairs Pansy Wong, Papakura Mayor Callum Penrose, Franklin Mayor Mark Ball and Hunua MP Dr Paul Hutchison.
‘‘A good day was had by all,’’ says Mr Stafford-Bush.
He would like to thank Counties Manukau Sport and Counties Manukau Ethnic Association for their involvement.