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Compassion centre feast marks Matariki

Jun 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

DINNER'S UP: Sister Josefa (left), Louise Grenside and Tereska Kozera serve the dinner at the Aro Street Community Hall.

A MATARIKI feast, provided by the Suzanne Aubert Commpassion Centre, proved popular with those who rely on the soup kitchen for a hot meal each day.

The celebratory feast, held at the Aro Street community hall on Wednesday, was a change from the usual meals dished out six nights a week at the centre’s Tory Street site.

“Our main service is the meals that we do, and would serve anywhere from 70 – 90 people of an evening,” says Philippa Meachen, manager of the Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre.

“Since Te Puni Kokori and Te Papa have done quite a lot to promote Matariki as a winter festival, it fit in quite nicely with our community here,” Ms Meachen says.

“It’s really just to have something fun to celebrate in the middle of winter really.”

Volunteer Trevor Paul says the dinner was a welcome change from the meals at the soup kitchen in Tory Street, and he appreciated the chance to celebrate Matariki.

“It’s good because it’s got a meaning,” he says.

The 120 guests were treated to the sit-down hangi-style meal of chicken, pork, lamb and vegetables.

This was followed by ice-cream, jelly and cake, and accompanied by acoustic entertainment from some of the diners.

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