The Deepavali festival of lights was hosted by the Papatoetoe Fiji Indian Youth Group. This was held at the 35 St. George street in Papatoetoe inside the Town hall. We had about 350 people attending the Festival and enjoying the evening full of action.
The Auckland city Council creative Communities South supported the festival and also the BNZ Bank Papatoetoe had given the support for the Celebration. The High Fijian Commissioner to New Zealand Ms. Mere tora was the Chief guest at the ceremony and she was accorded the full Fijian welcome and Kava ceremony. She emphasized mostly on the ties of Fiji and New Zealand. Hon.
Ross Robertson of Labour party and Kanwal Jeet Singh Bakshi of national party were also along our guests who were honored on the stage with a few words of Deepawali greetings. A mixture of Island dances were performed by well known artists.
Our thanks to the people who has assisted in any way to make this Festival of lights a successful one. looking forward for another success Deepavali next year.