Asian cultures celebrated in Orewa festival

Performers included the Colourful Group traditional Chinese dancers from New Lynn.

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Eight-year-old Maddison Chen, from Millwater, plays a Chinese Zheng (or zither). Hospice sold little Pandas to raise funds at its stall.  Manea Loane, aged eight, got a henna tattoo from Usha Raman.

Moana Reserve in Orewa became a little piece of Asia for the inaugural Beachfront Asian Food Festival on December 7.

Food stalls led the transformation, producing many distinctly Asian aromas that drew a crowd onto the reserve. Many tasty offerings sizzling on hot plates reflected the culture of countries such as Manila, India, China and Thailand. On one menu was something mysteriously called “shaking chips” which turned out to be hot chips with a variety of flavours shaken on top.

There was always something to see on the large stage set up on the reserve, from the moment the event started, at 3pm, until it ended six hours later. Several Chinese dance groups came from other parts of Auckland to perform and there were also solo singers and musicians such as eight-year-old Maddison Chen who charmed the audience with her skill on the Chinese stringed instrument called a Zheng.

The event was organised by two members of Harbour Hospice’s advisory board, Des Adams and Sue Chau. Sue says feedback was very positive, particularly in relation to the variety and quality of food and the high standards of entertainment. It raised $4000 for Hibiscus House hospice in Red Beach.

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