Thou­sands turn out for Puni School’s Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val

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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.

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