CultureFest celebrates 25 years in Roskill

22 May 2024
CultureFest 2024

The carved entrance-way welcomed them to te o Māori.

Then it was over to Japan for a session of Seido karate. In India, a Bollywood dance workshop. After that, to China for meditation, Brazil to train in capoeira, then West African drumming and Pacific Island dancing.

And all without leaving Mount Roskill War Memorial Park.

“Over the past 25 years, CultureFest has become a vital part of our city’s identity, showing our commitment to building a more inclusive Auckland that celebrates our diversity,” says Julie Fairey, Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillor.

CultureFest originated in the mid-1990s, created by Refugee Services Aotearoa to mark World Refugee Day. Auckland City Council then began running the one-day event in 1998.

People from more than 70 cultures were there to showcase their heritage with food, art, dancing and performances. Among them and there to support the event were the team from Roskill Development and Kāinga Ora.

“There was a fantastic vibe at our stall, creating a welcoming and fun space for all ages to come and chat about all things Kāinga Ora,” says Karla Beazley, Community Development and Engagement Coordinator.

More than 100 people visited the Roskill Development stall throughout the day, where the team and visitors got involved in traditional Māori flax weaving while discussing the new homes, infrastructure and amenities coming to their area. Plans for the Wesley neighbourhood were also shared.

“We always strive to have a presence at events like this, which are a great way for people from all walks of life to come together and celebrate the beautiful cultures that make Auckland unique,” says Karla.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to share our plans for Roskill Development, to make sure our community has a clear understanding of what we’re delivering and to invite them to come along on the journey with us.

“It was great to hear from community members who were happy to see us there, and who are really excited about what’s coming to Wesley.”

Check out the photos from CultureFest below!

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