The 20th running of the Multicultural Festival in Tauranga, which was set to take place today, has been postponed.
Taking to Facebook, the Multicultural Tauranga Facebook page says, on the official advice of both the NZ police and Tauranga City Council, the decision has reluctantly been made to postpone the Tauranga Multicultural Festival.
“The decision is based entirely on the unfolding events that have occurred in Christchurch. Those events have not yet been resolved.
“Area Commander Clifford Paxton from the NZ Police has informed me that they are not confident that they have sufficient understanding to provide us with assurance that continuation of the event is at an acceptable level of risk.”
Tauranga City Council says they support and understand the decision made by Multicultural Tauranga to postpone the festival.
“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have been affected by the devastating events that have unfolded in Christchurch,” says Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless.
“The Multicultural Festival is about celebrating cultural diversity and harmony in our local communities. Once a new date is set, I encourage our residents to unite and celebrate the cultures from around the world that call Tauranga home.”