Migrants eager to share culture

A choir of Kiribati migrants cannot wait to introduce Marlburians to the uplifting songs of their homeland when they perform at the Multicultural Festival in Blenheim.

The eighth annual festival will have food, information and craft stalls as well as music from a plethora of Marlborough's migrant communities as well as singing and dancing from South America, Asia, the Pacific, and everywhere in between.

Event organiser Margaret Western said the event at Pollard Park on Saturday, March 2 was being held to coincide with New Zealand Race Relations Day when the community celebrated cultural diversity.

"The festival is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of the faces that make up and enrich Marlborough's community."

Meeri Tebakatu, originally from Kiribati, moved to Blenheim in April 2011 and was currently on maternity leave from her garlic packing job. She came to New Zealand after her name was pulled from the draw of the Pacific Access Ballot which gave Pacific people the chance to work in New Zealand as residents.

She said she was looking forward to singing with the 30-strong Blenheim Kiribati Community Choir.

Her cousin Waiema Sefulufa said she was very excited about the festival because many people did not know anything about Kiribati culture and it was a fantastic opportunity to show people.

If you want to sign to perform or host a stall contact Margaret at: 579 6410 or 022 657 9018.

The Marlborough Express