Behind the festival
About 800 lanterns go on display and the event attracts about 60,000 people per year. But pleasing everyone isn’t easy, the Avondale resident says.
‘‘Some people get anxious about the crowds whereas others go ‘I love the crowds. It feels busy, it feels like an international city’.’’
Those after a more laidback feel should either go early or attend the Thursday lantern-only night, the 44-year-old says.
‘‘I remember Prime Minister Jim Bolger saying ‘New Zealand is an Asian nation’. He saw where the economy was going.’’
‘‘None of my friends knew how to use chopsticks when I was growing up, now who doesn’t know how?
‘‘Food is just one little way that you can educate people without it being a lecture.’’
The Auckland Lantern Festival is February 26 – March 1. See auck landnz.com/lantern for details.
Creative problem-solver: ATEED major events producer Eric Ngan co-ordinates the Auckland Lantern Festival.
Traditional rhythms: A drum performance on the main stage last year. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK