6 Jul 2009

Thousands flock to Maori in the City festival

8:38 pm on 6 July 2009

An estimated 120,000 people flocked to Auckland's Atamira - Maori in the City at the weekend, with organisers predicting the event will become as big as the Pasifika festival.

Pauline Kingi from Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Maori Affairs which sponsored the event, says Atamira started two years ago as a showcase for Maori creative and performing artists.

Ms Kingi told Waatea News this year's expansion and the inclusion of business, science and innovation was designed to create strategies for all areas of Maoridom to grow and prosper.