East goes bicultural for festival

By Amie Hickland

Scottish and Maori communities came together at the annual Whiti te Ra festival in Masterton's east side on Saturday complete with haggis and a caber toss.

Organisers decided to incorporate the community's Scottish heritage this year, as many of the main streets on the east side, such as Cameron Cres and Clyde St, have Scottish names.

East side co-ordinator Deborah Davidson said she had received positive feedback.

"It was excellent," she said.

A cook-off competition using "surprise ingredients" such as those to make haggis, black pudding and various vegetables was well received and won by Lexy Harmon-Karena.

More than $400 was raised for Pioneer JAB rugby at an auction of donated goods.


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