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April 2002, Volume 13, Number 4
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together
A sports and cultural festival for Tokelau people held in Porirua at Easter was just awesome, says Community Employment Group fieldworker Alepano Savelio.
“The community participation and networking was fantastic.”
The festival, which is held bi-annually, was this year attended by close to 7000 people from throughout New Zealand, as well as cultural groups from Tokelau.
“This is the largest number of Tokelau people ever gathered together in New Zealand.
“Interest in the event is growing rapidly, particularly among young people.”
The festival promoted cultural awareness, enhanced community participation in sports and recreation and provided an opportunity to focus on youth development.
A Tokelau national golf tournament was held in conjunction with the festival -- providing another opportunity for networking and encouraging community development.
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