It was a first picnic for a Whanganui multicultural group - a picnic with games, food and socialising under the trees.

About 22 people turned out for the Multicultural Council of Rangitīkei/Whanganui's picnic in Bason Botanic Gardens on Saturday. There were Kiwis, Indian people from India and Fiji, Malaysians, Chinese and Rarotongans in the group.

They played a bowling game using plastic bottles full of water as their skittles, and boys played soccer. Teena Lawrence had brought water and dye and people had a go at tie-dyeing or painting on fabric.

"We dried them and it has come out very good. Everybody was very excited about it," council president Pushpa Prasad said.

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The group had brought chairs and mats and people enjoyed sitting in the sun and "just chatting away".

Food was shared.

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"It was supposed to be bring your own, but it so happened that everybody brought extra, so we just shared it around," Prasad said.


The Multicultural Council is a non-profit organisation of volunteers who support newcomers and ethnic communities in Whanganui and Rangitīkei. It has monthly meetings, potluck dinners and organises other cultural events.