All welcome at celebration

Prime location . . . Kotahitaka Day, a cultural celebration, will be held at the Farmers Market area of the Dunedin Railway Station. PHOTO: THE STAR

A community event celebrating New Zealand’s cultural diversity will be held later this month on March 22, from 1pm until 4pm at the Dunedin Railway Station, by the Kotahitaka Trust.

Everyone is invited to celebrate each other’s foods, dance and music as one nation.

Maori will welcome everyone followed by local New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir members leading the national anthem.

Deputy Mayor Christine Garey will attend.

An opportunity to sample haggis will follow a rendition of Robert Burns’ Address to a Haggis and a lion dance.

The performance schedule will travel through the Indian subcontinent, Europe, North and South American and the Pacific.

Locals Kylie Price, Sam & Nicole, and the Dee St Blues bring entertainment closer to home.

To celebrate New Zealand’s food heritage, Cowell’s Pavlovas will be on offer along with free hokey-pokey ice cream, free fresh central Otago fruit (while stocks last), and L&P.

Homemade offerings include Lebanese, Polish, and Pakistani food.

Food trucks will be selling Spanish Churros, dumplings, Citizen Burgers, bao, fries, and coffee from Gud.

A free Kotahitaka GoBus will provide an hourly circular hop-on, hop-off route around Dunedin’s sites of heritage and cultural significance.

Kotahitaka’s call for unity will be illustrated and emphasised by a visit to the Otago University Medical School Anatomy Museum.

Our fundamental human sameness on the inside is there for all to see.

The trust hopes that you will join us at the Railway Station on Sunday, March 22.

Next year’s Dunedin Kotahitaka Day is planned for March 2021, and already the trust has pledges for contributions from performers and food providers.

If you or your group would like to contribute in 2021, please contact the trust at, and see our website

In the future, the trust hopes to assist other regions around New Zealand to have their own Kotahitaka Day celebrations.

Trustees are grateful for the volunteers from the Trust’s Youth Group and the Community Outreach group of the OUMSA.


A free Hop On, Hop Off Kotahitaka GoBus will be operating from noon until 5pm, leaving on the hour (noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm) from the Dunedin Railway Station.

The stops are:

1) Dunedin Railway Station; Kotahitaka concert and kai venue.

2) Toitu Otago Settlers Museum; open until 5pm.

3) Lan Yuan Chinese Garden; open until 5pm.

4) Dunedin Public Art Gallery; open until 5pm.

5) Olveston Historic Home; free entry day, open until 5pm. Olveston Historic Home will provide free guided tours, hourly, for up to 45 people.

6) The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery; free entry day, until 5pm. Created by mural artist and sculptor Bruce Mahalski, this is a private museum of ethnographic artefacts and assorted curios.

7) The Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago; open until 4pm. Access to the anatomy museum is usually by special arrangement only. Please do not eat or drink while visiting the museum. Photography is strictly prohibited. Maximum capacity is about 40 people per hour.

8) Otago Museum; open until 5pm.


Kotahitaka New Zealand Together wishes to promote unity by celebrating the multicultural diversity of New Zealand.

We know that increasing links between ethnic communities results in a healthy, happy nation.

When naming the trust we used a Maori name in the Kai Tahu dialect.

Michael Hyndman, of Ngai Tahu descent, designed the logo waves and clouds of Aotearoa New Zealand and two small koru which reference future growth.

We are delighted to work with the Dunedin Multi Ethnic Council.