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Matariki community kai will bring together tangata whenua, Pasifika, migrants and refugees

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Matariki community kai will bring together tangata whenua, Pasifika, migrants and refugees


SOUL Solidarity Pōneke are inviting tangata whenua, Pasifika, migrant and refugee background people to come together for a community kai (meal) during Matariki this year.

Following the Christchurch terrorist attack in March and the ongoing struggle to protect the whenua at Ihumātao in South Auckland, the community kai will be an opportunity to celebrate Matariki, reflect on the past year, and look toward to the future together.

Kassie Hartendorp, event co-organiser says that “the gathering will bring together people from different cultures, who are affected by similar issues of racism. It is an opportunity to connect and heal together and demonstrate the kind of community that gives no room to hate and fear. This is particularly relevant in light of violent rhetoric aimed at Muslim communities in this country and beyond.”

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