Communities rejoice at Waitakere Holi

Sunil Kaushal

The Holi Festival of Colour is a traditional Indian holiday celebrated in our own innovative fashion, adapted to the contemporary Kiwi scene.

The Festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment.

People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind.

Every nook and corner of the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson presents a colourful sight. This event is an alcohol free, vegetarian event for all ages and people from all backgrounds to come together in pure happiness.

The fun-filled event will include cultural items from various Mandali’s performing Holi Faag Colours, array of DJs, performances, Food, and most importantly lots of fun – as groups and as family!

Communities Platform

The Waitakere Holi is a platform to bring many communities with diverse cultural backgrounds together and involve them collectively to celebrate the Festival.

As a community and free event, by bringing various groups together, we engage and involve them to work together for a purpose; which is to celebrate multicultural Auckland.

This also gives an opportunity to individuals to have a sense of identity and belonging that they are able to share and inspire others.

By doing so, every team member improves their people skills (and its hands-on activities; talking, sharing and learning and understanding) as well treat everyone with respect and building equality.

The main objective of the ‘Waitakere Holi’ event is to spread the message of peace and harmony, celebrate through the vibrant colours of the Festival and present an exquisite picture of multicultural Auckland and New Zealand.

Solemn love and goodwill

Holi is celebrated with special importance in North India.

It solemnises the love of Radha and Krishna.

The spraying of coloured powders recalls the love sport of Lord Krishna and His devotees. Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter.

The Festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. Young and old alike are covered with colours (Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Black and Silver).

People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colours on each other.

In modern day, the colour, noise and entertainment that accompanies the celebration of Holi bears witness to a feeling of oneness and sense of brotherhood.

The Festival brings home the lesson of spiritual and social harmony!

Bring your friends and bring your family to the 12th edition of Holi organised by Waitakere Indian Association.

Waitakere Indian Association acknowledges the continued support of Radio Tarana (New Zealand’s leading Hindi Radio Station), Indian Newslink (New Zealand’s oldest and largest circulated Indian newspaper), Henderson-Massey Local Board and the Trusts Community Foundation for making this event possible.

Sunil Kaushal is Vice-President, Waitakere Indian Association based in Auckland. Phone: 021-2804189


What: Waitakere Holi

Who: Waitakere Indian Association

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane

             Henderson, Auckland

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018 (1030 am to 5 pm)

Entry: Free for all



Photo Caption:

Spraying of colours, good food and entertainment are part of Waitakere Holi

(File Photo Supplied)

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