Khona Va’aga Gray set to shake up new-look fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Song­bird Khona Va’aga Gray is no stranger to the an­nual Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val.

She has per­formed there be­fore and will be among those tak­ing to the stage again this year when the new-look ex­tended event takes place at West­ern Springs on March 9 and 10.

All worked hard to get their place in the spot­light af­ter au­di­tion­ing last Novem­ber and are ranked among some of the Pa­cific’s finest up and coming tal­ents.

Khona cer­tainly ticks all the boxes.

She was the over­all ju­nior win­ner at the 2010 New Zealand Gold Gui­tar awards in Gore while still a 12-year-old pupil at Holy Cross School in Pa­p­a­toe­toe and has taken part in numer­ous Matariki cel­e­bra­tions.

She has also en­ter­tained crowds at Coca Cola Christ­mas in the Park and in shop­ping malls and com­mer­cial cen­tres.

Thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend this year’s Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val to sam­ple the cul­ture, mu­sic and food of the 10 na­tions that are rep­re­sented.

Other en­ter­tain­ers in­clude The Unbreakables, spo­ken word artist Riz­van, Hip Hop dancer Lil Morgz and rock band Val­lkyrie.

The fes­ti­val, now in its 21st year, is or­gan­ised by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (ATEED) and spokesman Stan Wolf­gramm is de­lighted with the cal­i­bre of per­form­ers.

‘‘It’s won­der­ful that so many of them call Auck­land and the Pa­cific home and are able to share their craft at this fes­ti­val. For many, per­form­ing at Pasi­fika will be their largest live au­di­ence,’’ he says.

Aotearoa, Samoa, Tu­valu, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Toke­lau, Cook Is­lands, Niue and Kiri­bati will be rep­re­sented dur­ing the event.

All will have bustling mar­kets with au­then­tic and tra­di­tional food stalls and dance per­for­mances on the Satur­day. and Sun­day’s pro­gramme will fea­ture a multi- de­nom­i­na­tional church ser­vice from 9am till 10am fol­lowed by cul­tural demon­stra­tions through­out the day.

ATEED and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, part of the Fairfax Me­dia Mighty A Net­work and pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News, will fundraise at this year’s fes­ti­val with pro­ceeds do­nated to Make-A-Wish New Zealand, a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

En­try is free.

High pro­file: Singer Khona Va’aga Gray is booked to play at the 21st an­nual Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val next month.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of Khona Va’aga Gray per­form.

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