Cultures united at inaugural festival

Maori and Chinese cultural bonds will be celebrated this month in the inaugural Taniwha and Dragon festival.

The Auckland festival will honour the relationship between the two cultures and coincides with John Key's visit to China to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Minister of Maori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples says the festival will revitalise relationships between the cultures at a face-to-face community level.

"Maori people connect with Chinese people in many ways, through trade and business, via cultural and educational exchanges and as citizens of the global environment."

"All of these things should be based on building strong relationships between our people and communities and this is what the festival is about," he says.

The event will feature Maori and Chinese culture, food and entertainment including a traditional Maori and Chinese kite-making workshop.

It kicks off April 27 from 9am to 4pm at Orakei Marae, Kupe St, Orakei Reserve.

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