On 14 June 2018, on a cold winter morning, the Upper Hutt Multicultural Council office was buzzing with lots of laughter, greetings, food preparation and cooking. Approx 30 seniors from the Greater Wellington Region got together to make Zongzi ([tsʊ̂ŋ.tsɨ]; Chinese: 粽子). It is a traditional dumpling made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. They are then cooked by steaming or boiling. It is a classic Chinese food often eaten/shared around Dragon Boat Festival all over the world by the Chinese community.
The occasion was organised by Upper Hutt Chinese Association with support from UHMCC. Elsa Zhang, Vice President of UHMCC joined the seniors to celebrate the occasion. It helps the community to retain the culture and in keeping the seniors active and engaged. This is part of UHMCC Families Wellbeing strategy.