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October 1999, Volume 10, Number 10

Celebrating Diversity

Enterprise Otara and Otara Mainstreet Association are in the midst of collecting ideas for their millennium celebration.

The community group has a strong vision of recognising that people need a sense of place, an involvement with that place and a goal of local prosperity.

Enterprise Otara spokesperson Jim Sinclair says that the draft proposal for the celebration includes inviting the 73 different ethnic groups in Otara (and double that number in Manukau) to "do their thing" on stage in the week leading up to New Year.

"It will give every ethnic group an opportunity to share whatever they want to share." New Year's Eve may involve a mardigras in the Otara town centre, and then putting people on buses to see the sunrise from the community's Hampton Park, Te Puke o Tara. "At this stage it is still very much a draft and we'd like to get everyone's involvement in deciding what is best."

The community group received $20,000 from New Zealand Lotteries to run the celebration.

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Jim Sinclair, Enterprise Otara, P O Box 61114, Otara
Phone (09) 274 1433, Fax (09) 274 1533

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