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One of the most interesting aspects of Diwali in New Zealand is the participation of major companies, enlivening the concept of cultural plurality.

Their presence as sponsors, retailers or even as performers enhances the Kiwi spirit of understanding and societal oneness.

On such a score, the presence and participation of Barfoot & Thompson, one of the best-known names in the country’s property market is a source of endearment.

The Company’s famous signage will be a part of the Diwali Festival scheduled to be held at the Aotea Centre and Square on October 30 and 31.

Managing Director Peter Thompson said his Company’s participation as a sponsor was indicative of its appreciation of Auckland’s cultural diversity.

“Diwali has become a popular fixture in the City’s event calendar. It celebrates Indian culture and symbolises the victory of good over evil with vibrant lights, fireworks, authentic music and dance, and delicious Indian cuisine at every turn, he said.

Mr Thompson said Auckland was a melting pot of different cultures, and Diwali Festival was a great opportunity for people to come together to enjoy Indian food, music and spectacular entertainment.

“Barfoot & Thompson’s own team of salespeople, which represents more than 35 different ethnicities, reflect Auckland’s status as New Zealand’s most culturally diverse community,” he said.

The Company’s history dates back to 1923, when Val Barfoot purchased a tiny, rundown Newmarket land agency for £75. He called it ‘V Barfoot Land Agent.’ A year later, his elder brother Kelland joined the Company, which was renamed ‘Barfoot Bros.’

Maurice Thompson joined them in 1934 and six years later, the Company’s name changed to Barfoot & Thompson.

Its current directors Peter Thompson and Garth Barfoot are respectively grandson and son of the original owners.

Today, the Company accounts for more than 1000 salespersons with 60 branches throughout the region.

“Barfoot & Thompson staff will be on hand at the Company’s marquee at the Diwali Festival of Lights to assist anyone wishing to find out more about selling or buying a home,” Mr Thompson said.

What: Diwali, the Festival of Lights

Where: Aotea Centre and Square

When: October 30 & 31 from 12 noon to 10 pm

For Whom: Everyone- Free entry

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