Johnsonville Christmas Parade 2020

Going strong since 2008

Wellington Batucada at the Johnsonville Christmas Parade 2020 - photo by Tom Etuata

It’s been a good few years since we first began playing at the Johnsonville Christmas Parade, and we always love taking part.

A great community event, and a nice long street parade we can really get our teeth into. Plus we get to wear Santa hats and spruce up our drums with tinsel and Christmas decorations, and that’s never a bad thing.

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Red Cross New Zealand – National Meeting 2021


Following our performance at the Taste of Cultures Charity Fundraising Dinner 2020 – the World Refugees Day event for New Zealand Red Cross – we were invited to do a little show to entertain delegates at the Red Cross New Zealand National Meeting.

Team photo at the Red Cross New Zealand National Meeting - photo by Sandra Young

Team photo before the performance for the NZ Red Cross National Council meeting. With us is Shaun Greaves, GM Humanitarian Development who we spotted dancing at the back of the room during our show.

…while at the front of the room, Dr Ashley Bloomfield appeared to be beaming his approval. From all accounts he was wearing the biggest smile in the room.

Our lives are now complete.

One of the things we love about performing is that every gig is completely different. Different venue, costumes, set and audience. Different reactions from people who in many cases have never heard our music before. Last night it was an honour to perform with Dr Ashley Bloomfield in attendance at The NZ Red Cross National Council Meeting. His reaction was one of surprise, amazement and joy. Thanks Dr Bloomfield, you made our night.
Wellington Batucada

Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ 2020

A dance and cultural event with Ollin Yolitzli

This most excellent Day of the Dead event was a collaboration between the group Ollin Yolitzli (Mexican traditional dance) and Aro Valley Community Centre.

Wellington Batucada dancers performing at Day of the Dead 2020. Photo by Anonymous.

We were invited to lead everyone in a parade from Aro Valley park to Aro Valley Hall as an introduction to the main event in the Hall.
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Taste of Cultures Charity Fundraising Dinner 2020

A World Refugees Day event for New Zealand Red Cross

Wellington Batucada drummers at the NZ Red Cross Taste of Cultures fundraiser. Photo by Kelly Etuata.

What a lovely event to have been invited to.

Taste of Cultures is an event in its third year, and is an opportunity to celebrate World Refugee Day, support our refugee background whanau and fundraise for our programmes. We will have previous clients of ours consulting with the chefs at Te Papa to develop a menu that is inspired by our Taste of Cultures recipe book.

NZ Red Cross event description

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Life Flight Trust Open Day 2020

Fundraising for our emergency services

Wellington Batucada at the Life Flight Trust Open Day 2020. Photo by Tom Etuata.

This was our first time at the Life Flight Trust Open Day – and it was a beautiful day for it.

It was quite exciting to be hanging out amongst the planes, helicopters, emergency vehicles, dashing life-saving-emergency-personnel, and cute rescue dogs. And banana dogs! Don’t forget those fruit-sniffing heroes!
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