Culture on display at state dinner

Tuesday March 06, 2018 Written by Published in Politics

The Ministry of Cultural Development is putting the finishing touches on the venue in preparation for tomorrow’s state dinner.


The state dinner at the National Auditorium will host the Pacific Mission delegation headed by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and her team of ministers, alongside key members from the local community.

Culture secretary Anthony Turua said between 300 and 350 guests were expected to attend the state dinner.

The evening would feature cultural performances from the Tereora College team which is about to attend the Polyfest event in Auckland.

“We will also supply cultural performers at the airport (tonight). We will have drummers at the tarmac to welcome the New Zealand delegation which will include key government people, stakeholders and members of the media from New Zealand.”

Turua said hosting Ardern, who is also the minister responsible for Arts, Culture and Heritage, was an honour for his ministry.

“It’s a credit for us because she will see how we cater for cultural items and performances at our venues. It is also an opportunity for us to show off our facility,” he added.

“We are probably unique (compared to) the other Pacific islands as we actually have our own cultural complex which also includes a museum, library and archive in the same location.”

Turua said he was looking forward to meeting the Pacific People minister William Sio and deputy prime minister Winston Peters along with other key members of the New Zealand delegation.

            - Rashneel Kumar

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