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October 1999, Volume 10, Number 10
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.
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