An international feast for Waitangi Day celebrations


Hangi, american hotdogs, churros, spring rolls, noodles, toffee apples, watermelon fruit bowls and real fruit ice cream all made an appearance at Monday’s International Kai Festival.

Over six thousand people turned up to Founders Heritage Park and Whakatu Marae to taste the world and enjoy the sunshine.

The annual festival is in it’s ninth year and co-organiser Carol Hippolite says the grass roots festival just keeps growing.

“We’ve got about 80 stalls here with everything from Pacific food to European food, Kiwi food as well as craft stalls. It’s been awesome, people were pouring in even before we started,” says Carol.

Siblings Eli, Tobias and Zoe Anderson have sold toffee apples at the festival for three years now.

“Everyone loves them and my step dad is a chef so he’s got a special recipe we use,” says Tobias.

“Last year we sold out really early so we came armed with plenty more this year.”