Unfortunately, this event’s been postponed
20th Tauranga Multicultural Festival: POSTPONED


Sat 16 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Historic Village, Seventeenth Ave West, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $5.12 ($5.00 + $0.12 fees)
  • Children under 12y: $0.00
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


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On the official advice of both the NZ Police and Tauranga City Council, the decision has reluctantly been made to postpone the Tauranga Multicultural Festival scheduled to be held tomorrow (Saturday 16th March).
The decision is based entirely on the unfolding events that have occurred in Christchurch today. Those events have not yet resolved. Area Commander Clifford Paxton (cc'd) from The NZ Police has informed me that they are not confident that they have sufficient understanding to provide us with assurance that continuation of the event is at an acceptable level of risk. Concomitantly, Meagan Holmes from Tauranga City Council (cc'd) informs me that the Mayor, Greg Brownless is not prepared to put staff or the citizens of Tauranga at risk by continuing with the event.
Consequently, regretfully, but with full understanding of and acceptance of the circumstances, this email constitutes official notice that the event is postponed and will not proceed tomorrow. All other communication from Multicultural Tauranga with contrary messages are now formally rescinded.


The 20th Tauranga Multicultural festival is run to celebrate the Race Relations Day which si on 21st March every year.

This year's moto is:
Our people, our cultures, our languages
O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo

The festival will be open by a kapahaka group. Performance will run from about 10.15 till about 4pm- over 20 different performers – mainly groups of various nationalities. We will have a Parade of Nations at midday with people from many countries walking around the Village with their flags and names of their country of origin – any of the visitors can join the parade and we encourage people to do so even if they do not have their traditional outfits.

A whole lots of food stalls from many countries run by local ethnic groups cooking authentic food that way it was done in their homes in their countries of origin, also some coffee carts, candy floss and ice creams trucks.

A large area for children activities –bouncy castle, pony rides and a competition for children to name flags of countries.

Art and crafts section will be there as well and a well supported part is the Service Providers. Those are stall providing information to newcomers and locals about various services available in Tauranga –e.g. Police recruiting, Waipuna Hospice, Cancer Society, Shakti, sign Language and Welcoming Communities -22 stalls and our organisation will have also a stall there with our social enterprise branch – BOPIS – Bay of Plenty Interpreting and Translation Service.

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