Feast of culture

Enjoying a night out at the Hokonui Culture Feast last week were the Weir siblings from East Chatton (clockwise from left) Joshua (8), Rosalie (10) Annalise (13), and James (6) Weir. The event was held after one and a-half days of snowfall in
the district but the weather did not keep too many people away. Gore District Council events co-ordinator Jessica Swan organised the culture feast, which was held at the Gore Town and Country Club.
Ms Swan estimated between 400-500 people attended the free event.

‘‘Right at the start it was packed and we had a steady flow throughout the evening.’’
Feedback from the feast had been positive, she said. The Gore High School kapa haka group began the evening’s cultural
performances which was followed by an address to the haggis. Kadodo Drum and Dance and O-Taiko, from Dunedin, were some of the other performers. The food at the stalls was popular, with most of the vendors selling out. This year the Mackay Room adjoining the stadium was used for activities — such as origami — for children.

‘‘It gave people a bit more space [in the Town and Country Club] to see what products were on display.’’ ‘‘It was really cute seeing families sitting down and trying to learn origami together.’’