Franklin Multicultural Festival

The Contract Management Solutions Ltd Franklin Multicultural Festival was held on Saturday 1 April 2017 at Pukekohe Intermediate. 

The sport this year was Turbo Touch.  This was followed by performances from local schools and groups ranging from Kindy through to adults.

Food for sale included burgers, indian, pacific kai, sausage sizzle and cakes.

The profit from the day is still being calculated.  We could not do this without our sponsors listed below:

Alan Wilson Plumbing Ltd

Kids After School

Alberts Kitchen

 Liberty Stage Ltd

ASB Bank Pukekohe

 Liddells Pharmacy

 Auckland Council - Franklin

 Liquorland Pukekohe

 Aurora Law

  McDonalds Pukekohe

 Autobahn Cafe

 McRobbie Bros Ltd

 BK's Counties Motor Lodge

 Mitre 10 Pukekohe


 Monarch Cafe

 Cafe Kaos

 NZ Maritime Museum

Callander Construction Ltd

 Otaua Motors Ltd

Campbell Tyson

 Pak n Save Pukekohe

Cloud 9

 Pita Pit Pukekohe

 Coffee 2 Go Cart - Demac

 Placemakers Counties


 Pokeno Bacon

 Contract Management Solutions Ltd


 Counties Fitness

 Pukekohe Chiropractic

 Crossfit Pukekohe

 Pukekohe Toyota

 Curry Leaf

 Puni Springs Pony Park

 Custom Threadz

 Puni Workshop Ltd

 Designer FLowers

R & P Building Works Ltd

 Draeinail Construction Ltd

 Rahna's Professional Massage

 ED Street


Farmlands - Farmsource

 Rettro Hair & Beauty

Firstflex Cables

 Roofing Industries (Franklin Ltd)

 Franklin Pool and Leisure


Gallagher Group

Sally Beavis (World Organic Consultant)

Gary Logan Pharmacy

Set Sue Ltd


Slice of Elegance

Hill Takeaway

Stirling Sports Pukekohe


 Spartan PT

The Warehouse Pukekohe

 TP & SR King & Sons Earthmovers Ltd

 Waters Funerals  

 Wai Shing Ltd



Each year in late March/early April, Puni School organises the Franklin Cultural Festival to celebrate the varied ethnicities of Pukekohe and the surrounding areas.  This is our main fundraiser of the year.  The Festival is run in conjunction with the Counties Manukau Ethnic Council and sporting bodies of Franklin.

The day is celebrated at the Pukekohe Intermediate Grounds commencing with a sporting competition for 8-13 year olds.  Local schools enter teams, generally of 10-12 members to experience new or different sports that they may not encounter in the school yard.
2008 - Kabiddi (Indian bullrush game)
2009 - Ki-O-Rahi (Maori Rob the Nest)
2010 - Crazy Ball (NZ made game to strengthen throwing and catching skills)
2011 - Ultra Rip Rugby (devised by Jeremy Wara and Dameon C from Counties Manukau Rugby)
2012 - Tee-Ball (devised in USA in 1940's)
2013 - Futsal (Brazilian 5 a side soccer)
2014 - Ki-O-Rahi

2015 - Touch Rugby

2016 - Turbo Touch

2017 - Turbo Touch

The day generally commences at 12.30pm with a welcome, karakia and warm up for the 300+ competitors.  Instructions and organisation for the day is given out by the main stage and the teams wearing sponsored t-shirts from local businesses then spend the next 2 1/2 hours engaged in inter-school competitions.

The Puni School PTA/Community provide amusements such as face painting, children's stalls, raffles, bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds, water walkers etc and a huge variety of ethnic foods for sale such as butter chicken, hangi, spicy lamb burgers, sausages in bread, japanese/chinese delights, dutch pancakes, cold drinks, ice-blocks, coffee/tea etc.
  The stalls open up at the intermediate school around 9am and run through to the end of the festival.

At 3pm a prize-giving is held for the sports competition at the main stage and our Master of Ceremonies welcomes the crowds and the Cultural performers who entertain in the afternoon's.

Performances begin at 3pm with Puni School Kapa Haka group being the first to perform, with the whole school closing the event at 6pm.
  Each group has 10 minutes to perform and we receive entries from indian dancers, bangla dancers, martial arts devotees, polynesian groups, school kapa haka teams, cheer leaders, hip hop dances, scottish pipers, chinese dragon dancers, school choirs etc. 

The Festival concludes around 6pm each year.
  The Festival has become an annual feature on the Franklin Calendar over the past 9 years. 

Puni School performance 2017