Franklin Multicultural Festival

The Gough Cat Franklin Multicultural Festival will be held on Saturday 30 March 2019 at Pukekohe Intermediate. 

The sport this year is Top School.  This will be followed by performances from local schools and groups ranging from Kindy through to adults.

Food for sale will include burgers, indian, pulled pork buns, sausage sizzle and cakes. Our famous vegetable stall will be on show too.

Click on the link at the bottom of the page for approx timetable. 

Last year we raised a profit of $14,000.  We could not have done this without our sponsors listed below:



Puni School would like to thank the following sponsors:

Puni Workshop Ltd


8 Count Dance Studio

ASB Bank

A.S Wilcox

Alan Wilson Plumbing

Auckland Council

Auckland Zoo

Aurora Law Limited

Autobahn Café

Balle Bros

Bazzas Steakhouse

Blankspace Architectural Ltd


Butterfly Creek

Callander Construction

Campbell Tyson Limited

Challenge Pukekohe

Counties Fitness

Crossfit Pukekohe

Custom Threadz

Desloe Produce

Dianna Marie Think Flowers

Diosa Hair

Di Lewis Jewellery

Draeinail Construction Ltd

Farmhouse Preschool

Farmlands Pukekohe


Firstflex Cables

Flower & Gift Shoppe

Franklin Pool and Leisure

Franklin Vets

Fulton Swim School

Gallagher Group

Glenn Jones Artist

Halo Hair Salon

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Harcourts Pukekohe

Harleh Laser Clinic

Hellers Ltd

Hira Bhana & Co Ltd


In-Depth Agronomy

JUMP East Tamaki

Kids After School Ltd

Liddells Pharmacy


LJ Hooker

Lonestar Pukekohe

Mc Donalds Pukekohe

McRobbie Bros Ltd

Moloney Plasterers

New Zealand Maritime Museum

OD on Hair

Pak'nSave Pukekohe

Poco Loco

Pukekohe Toyota

Punchbowl Investments Ltd

Puni Springs Pony Park

Puni Workshop Ltd

R C Hari

Radius Concrete Pumping

Riordan & West Ltd

Russell Askew Contracting

Ryco Pukekohe

Sally Prodger


Set Sue Ltd

Shipherd Nurseries

Sky City Auckland

Slice of Elegance


Stardome Observatory

The Cheesecake Shop

The Vet Centre

The Village Bar & Kitchen

The Warehouse

Wai Shing Ltd

Waiuku New World

World Organics

Wright's Jewellers Pukekohe

Z Fit


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

2018 - Soccer

2019 - Top School

The day generally commences at 11am 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, cold drinks, ice-blocks, coffee/tea etc.
  The stalls open up at the intermediate school around 10am and run through to the end of the festival.

At 1.30pm 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 2pm with Puni School Kapa Haka group being the first to perform, with the whole school closing the event at 5pm.
  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 5.30pm each year.
  The Festival has become an annual feature on the Franklin Calendar over the past 11 years. 

Carolyn Smith,
Mar 31, 2019, 1:45 PM