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Family and fun at Flat Bush picnic

Transport minister Simeon Brown and Takanini MP Rima Nakhle. (Supplied photo)

Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush transformed into a kaleidoscope of joy as New Zealand's vibrant community came together to revel in the annual Multicultural Family Fun Day.

Organised by New Zealand Punjabi Multimedia Trust on January 27, the event drew a lively crowd of about 350 people for a day of unforgettable festivities.

Dignitaries too took the chance to be part of this cultural extravaganza. Those in attendance included minister Simeon Brown, parliamentarian Rima Nakhle, and Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board member Ashraf Chaudhary.

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The food spread featuring complimentary veg and non-veg barbecues, tempting snacks, and refreshing beverages generously shared among attendees was enjoyed by one and all. 

But the feast didn't stop at the food; it extended to games for children and ladies, with prize-giving ceremonies further elevating the spirits of those in attendance. 

The event successfully showcased the performances of new and growing talent within the community, fostering a sense of pride and unity.

"The performances were not just entertaining; they were a reflection of the rich cultural tapestry we have in our community. The event was a spectacle, a celebration, and a testament to the Kiwi-Indian spirit that adds a dash of spice to the beautiful landscape of New Zealand," said Ravneet Kaur, one of the attendees.

The response to the event was nothing short of electric, with dignitaries echoing the sentiments of the community. 

Rima Nakhle, MP for Takanini, applauded the event for giving families a chance to break free from routine and indulge in outdoor activities. She said, “I love attending family-focused community events and watching kids have a beautiful time and make new friends. It was a pleasure to see so many friendly faces from around South and East Auckland.”

For the Kiwi-Indian community, events like these aren't just about fun and games; they're a lifeline, a chance for new settlers to dive headfirst into the vibrant tapestry of Kiwi culture. 

"The Annual Multicultural Family Fun Day is a brilliant initiative that brings the community together, fostering unity and understanding. It's events like these that make New Zealand truly special," shared Prabhjot Singh, who came for the event along with his two kids aged 7 and 10.

The success of the Annual Multicultural Family Fun Day was a testament to the unity within the community and the power of diversity.

"The Annual Multicultural Family Fun Day is not just an event; it's a celebration of our diversity and a testament to the spirit of unity within our community. 

“Such events give new settling migrants an opportunity to assimilate and socialise with the existing community through the exchange of ideas and thoughts, cultural talks, and values, and to get a chance to know each other better and expand their social circle. Also, it provides a platform to learn more about New Zealand and its diverse cultures," said community leader and event organiser Navtej Singh Randhawa.

Summing up, another organiser, Parminder Singh Papatoetoe, said, "It is humbling to hear from attendees that such events should be organised more frequently as open community events with outdoor activities are found to be hard to take place in the Kiwi-Indian communities. We endeavour to do more of such community family events in the future.”

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