Cultural fiesta brings communities together

There was such a festive atmosphere as hundreds of  people celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year with great gusto at the Botany Town Centre on Saturday and the Pakuranga Plaza on Sunday afternoon.

“This day is celebrated with millions of people in China, with lots of song, dance, food and entertainment. It’s like the Oscars of the East,” said the master of ceremonies.

From the lion dance to traditional folk dances, Chinese orchestra  and the tiny tots putting on an entertaining performance, the Lunar New Year celebrations organised by founder of Pakuranga Chinese Association Barry Hung and assisted by local board member Peter Young, was funded by the Howick Local Board.

Also very popular was the God of Wealth, one of the most photographed people at the free cultural fiesta that welcomed the Year of the Dog.

Plenty of street stalls from handicrafts to those creating social awareness truly brought the local community together.