All welcome at multicultural do

IAIN SCOTT
Last updated 12:00 28/03/2014

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Games and ethnic food will be the order of the day when migrants head to the Ashhurst Domain for the second annual multicultural picnic.

Hot on the heels of last weekend's multicultural festival in Palmerston North, organisers say tomorrow's multicultural picnic day gives new migrant and refugee communities in the region the chance to meet each other and long-term residents.

Multicultural Centre co-ordinator Shantona Poduval said it was hoped it would build on the success of last year's maiden event.

She said it gave different ethnic groups the chance to meet and mingle in an informal and friendly atmosphere, and although it was intended mainly for migrants, "anyone is welcome to join the fun".

She said last year's event drew 150 core participants, but others who joined the organised activities swelled the numbers to about 200.

Games such as netball and tug-of-war were popular with adults and children alike, and some of the groups taught others how to play games that originated in their countries of origin.

Mrs Poduval said people brought their own ethnic food and many shared it with others.

"Last year it was lovely. Some people people cooked a lot of food and brought it to share, but we found it was too much for one or two people, and we can't provide for everyone, so we are asking people to bring their own food."

Organisers say some barbecue arrangements and picnic tables are available at the picnic site on a first-come-first-served basis.

Those attending could choose to barbecue on site, bring cooked food from home or even organise takeaways.

The day's events begin at 10am and run to 4.30pm.

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- Manawatu Standard

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