Topic: 'Qui tutto bene' (Here all is well) - Carnivale
A Carnivale was held to coincide with the 'Qui tutto bene' (Here all is well) exhibition at the Waikato Museum. The exhibition ran from January - May 2008. Councillor Joe Di Maio was instrumental in bringing this exhibition to Hamilton from Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand.
The Te Papa display was extended to include stories (included in a booklet published by the Museum) from the local Italian community, and from areas further north including Auckland. Italians in Hamilton were mostly completely assimilated into and participated wholeheartedly in their new community, but this exhibition promoted them to set up the Italian Club. The Club now meets regularly, on the last Monday of each month, usually at a member's house. Everyone contributes food (plenty) and wine.
A series of Italian cultural events were held at the Museum to coincide with the Qui tutto bene exhibition, and Joe was involved with organising these. The events included a Carnivale, Italian language lessons, Italian cuisine, arts and crafts, cinema, music and performances. Joe demonstrated pizza making (he had also previously run Italian cooking evening classes at Melville High School).
When the Arapuni Dam on the Waikato River developed cracks, local expert Italian engineers were called in to reconstruct the dam using diamond drilling techniques. Local businesses involved including Mighty River Power and Brian Perry Engineering, as well as others, and work was completed in 2007.