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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.

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)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
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)

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