Kite festival 2020 was held recently for the fourth time at Eastdale Reserve, Avondale. It is celebrated in various parts of India and known as Uttrayana or Makar Sankranti. Uttarayan is the period when Sun travels from South to North which is also known as Makar Sankranti.
Although it mainly has a strong following in the Indian community, many other people also enjoyed the festival which was open to the public. Around 5,000 people were estimated to have participated. There were footstalls, cultural programs, face painting, drawing competitions and rides for kids. It really was a fun day out.
After the people had enjoyed kite flying, there were some kites left on the trees in the surrounding areas. The organisers, Viashnav Parivar NZ (VPNZ), received some complaints about these kites. This was a problem last year also, which was resolved by a clean-up in the week following the event. The volunteers tidied the grounds the next day and followed up by walking around the streets checking no kites were left.
In addition, this year, VPNZ have engaged professional arborists to remove all kites from the trees to the satisfaction of Auckland Council. Lost kites were an issue last year with some residents commenting on social media that some kites have been blown into the mangroves and that the strings don’t break down.
There was also a safety issue when a cyclist on Eastdale Road got “clotheslined” by string which startled him!
VPNZ wants to assure Avondale Community and residents of commitment to protect the environment.