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Taste of Cultures is a celebration of Wellington's cultural diversity through food, music, dance, speakers and voices from our former refugee communities. The food provided on the evening is inspired by former refugee chefs who have collaborated with the chefs at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa to create the menu for the evening.

Refugees are ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. They have experienced war, persecution, discrimination, racism and oppression.  They've been forced to flee from their homeland because of nothing more than their ethnicity, religion or beliefs. Refugees have been denied basic human rights in their country of origin and are unable to safely return home.

The story of an idea

The first Taste of Cultures event was inspired by the recipe book donning the same title. All Taste of Cultures recipe book contributors are Kiwis with refugee backgrounds. Taste of Cultures is so much more than a recipe book, it is a storybook of incredible New Zealanders who, against the odds, started a new life here. Each recipe is meaningful within each contributors' home culture, and we are lucky to have so many incredible Kiwis share them with us.

Last year we were delighted to be able to hold this event at Government House, where the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy hosted 120 people to celebrate refugee-background Kiwis and all the contributions that they have made to New Zealand culture. The event really brought the recipe book to life.

This year, we are grateful that the team at Te Papa have opened up the Te Marae event space for us. Guests will be able to explore their exhibition 'Stories from refugees in New Zealand' with a private viewing before dinner.

Make sure to grab your ticket quickly, as we predict that this year will be another sell-out event! If you want further updates on our guest speakers, performances and menu choices- join the Facebook event page.

We are aware that a lot of New Zealanders have been significantly affected financially by COVID-19, and though we need to continue to fundraise for our work helping vulnerable people, we would like to offer anyone who may have been affected the opportunity to attend this incredible event. Please get in touch to find out more.

If you have any questions please get in touch on 0800 733 2767 (RED CROSS) or Getfundraising@redcross.org.nz.