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Otago Community Trust distributes funds to support Kiribati 45th independence celebrations in Cromwell

Photo: Tūhura Otago Museum

The Kiribati community is gearing up for a vibrant celebration in Cromwell this week as part of the Kiribati language week celebrations. 

Last month the  Otago Community Trust announced the distribution of $1,226,281 in grants to various community projects across the Otago region for the June grants round. 

This significant funding injection supports a range of initiatives, from cultural celebrations to environmental conservation as well as maternal health support.

Pasifika Central Otago received a $1,000 grant to support the Kiribati Community annual Independence Celebration. The event will mark the 45th anniversary of Kiribati’s independence, will feature traditional dances, songs, and a feast showcasing Kiribati culture. 

The celebration aims to strengthen cultural bonds, connect New Zealand-born Kiribati children with their heritage, and foster a sense of community among Kiribati members scattered across the region.

“The rich culture of the small Pacific Island Nation of Kiribati is being brought to life in Cromwell, as celebrations for Kiribati Language Week will take place in Central Otago from 11th -13th July ” says Meraine Rotaria, from Pasifika Central Otago. 

“The funding from Otago Community Trust contributes towards the celebration at Bannockburn Hall, where families and friends will come together to showcase our traditional dance”.

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