In collaboration with the Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council Kotahitaka Day celebrates New Zealand’s diversity, together, as one nation.
Kotahitaka New Zealand Together is a newly established Trust promoting unity by celebrating the multicultural diversity of New Zealand. We know that increasing linkages between ethnic communities provides for a healthy, happy nation. We are delighted to work with the Dunedin Multi Ethic Council and hope to see annual nationwide Kotahitaka Days in the future.
Our inaugural community event comprising varied cultural performances coupled with both multicultural, and more traditional, kiwi foods has sadly been cancelled. The inaugural “Kotahitaka Day” was planned for 22nd March 2020, 1-4pm, at the Farmers Market area of the Railway Station. Everyone was invited to enjoy each other’s foods, dance and music, and to celebrate New Zealand’s heritage and diversity.
A FREE “Hop On, Hop Off Kotahitaka GoBus” would have been operating from noon to 5pm, stopping at:
- Dunedin Railway Station– Kotahitaka Concert and Kai venue leaving on the hour from noon to 4pm.
- Toitū Otago Settlers Museum– open until 5pm
- Lan Yuan Chinese Garden– open until 5pm
- Dunedin Public Art Gallery– open until 5pm
- Olveston Historic Home– Free Entry Day – open until 5pm- Olveston Historic Home will provide free guided tours, hourly, for up to 45 persons
- The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery– Free Entry Day– until 5pm- This museum is a private museum of bones, bone art, ethnographic artefacts, and assorted curios, created by mural artist and sculptor Bruce Mahalski, and, will be celebrating its second anniversary. Happy Birthday!
- The Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago– open until 4pm- Kotahitaka’s call for unity above multi ethnic diversity will be illustrated and emphasized by a visit to the Otago University Medical School Anatomy Museum. Our fundamental human ‘sameness on the inside’ is there for all to see.Access to the Anatomy Museum is usually or by special arrangement only.
- Otago Museum– open until 5pm
Local members of the New Zealand Secondary Schools choir planned to lead the national anthem. Deputy Mayor Christine Garey was speaking at the start of proceedings. A Maori welcome was to be followed by an address to the Haggis and Lion Dance. The concert comprised a circumnavigation of the world including Indian classical dance from the Natyaloka School of Indian Dance, Ukrainian song, Philippine Society, Pakistan Association, Sathi Association, Myanmar Community, Brazilian Capoeira by Tony Wall, Poi demonstration by Georgia latu, and Chinese Dances from the Dunedin Cultural and Arts Association. Locals Kylie Price, ‘Sam & Nicole’ and the Dee St Blues band are also providing entertainment from closer to home. The Tongan Community were closing with song and dance.
To celebrate New Zealand’s food heritage free Central Otago fruit, hokey pokey ice cream and L&P generously donated by L&P and Pak’n’Save, was ready for distribution with the help of the Kotahitaka New Zealand Together Trust Youth Group and Community Outreach group of the Otago University Medical Students Association. Pavlova, kindly donated by Cowell’s was to be covered in fresh whipped cream and fruit as a fundraiser for the Trust. Homemade offerings include Lebanese food, Pakistani food, and delicious baking by great bakers! Some of Otago’s favourite food trucks were attending with Spanish Churros, dumplings, Citizen Burgers, bao and fries, and the best coffee from Gud.
In addition to the food and performances, there were displays planned of ethnic costumes, musical instruments, and information about local communities.
We sincerely thank our sponsors who were making it all possible- Black Quail Estate, Zenith Technology, Botry-Zen, Downie Stewart Lawyers Dunedin, Cook Wong and North Accountants, MCH Digital, and Dan Gin at The Savoy.
The Kotahitaka Name and Logo
We have chosen Kotahitaka, meaning ‘unity’ and togetherness, as our name. In line with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, it reflects the status of Māori as our first people, with ‘New Zealand Together’ representing our bicultural heritage. Kotahitaka is pronounced ‘kor-tah-hee-tucker’ with ‘kor’ as in the English word ‘core’.
Our logo was created by Ngai Tahu descendant designer Michael Hyndman, at CMH Digital, Dunedin. We chose one heart in Kahurangi pounamu green colour to represent kotahitaka, overlaid by the waves and clouds that surround NZ. In the middle koru unfurl as they bring new life and hope.
The Kotahitaka New Zealand Together Trust recognises the 180th anniversary of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and hopes that this will continue a process of whakawhanaukataka between Māori and non- Māori. It is a sincere hope that these efforts will bring blessings to all New Zealanders.
The Vision Beyond
This is not a celebration of ethnic minorities for ethnic minorities; it is a celebration of our whole community. We will assist other cities and regions to organize Kotahitaka Days in coming years. “Kotahitaka New Zealand Together Trust” will act as a transparent financial and resource hub.
Kotahitaka New Zealand Together Trustees
- Gerard de Courcey, Co-Chair Kotahitaka Trust, Dunedin Lawyer
- Paul Gourlie, Co-Chair Kotahitaka Trust, Dunedin Multi-ethnic Council
- Lux Selvanesan, Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council President
- Mirani Keillor, Accountant, Administration
- Malcolm Wong – Treasurer Kotahitaka Trust, Community Trust, OU Council
- Nina Molteno – General Practitioner, Biotechnology
- Latika Samalia — Medical Specialist and Educator OU
- Jessie Lenagh-Glue – Secretary Kotahitaka Trust, Law, Administration
- Noelyn Anne Hung – Chair Kotahitaka Trust, Medical Specialist, email@example.com