Is­land-style fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

More than 300 choral per­form­ers rep­re­sent­ing sev­eral is­land na­tions will dom­i­nate the morn­ing pro­gramme on the sec­ond day of this year’s Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val at West­ern Springs.

All will sing in the an­nual event’s first church ser­vice led by sev­eral min­is­ters from 9am dur­ing a morn­ing of fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion and wor­ship with a dis­tinctly Pa­cific flavour.

This year’s fes­ti­val on March 9 and 10 is or­gan­ised by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (ATEED) and is ex­pected to draw in a crowd of more than 50,000 peo­ple a day.

Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, part of the Fairfax Me­dia Mighty A Net- work and pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News, will fundraise dur­ing the event for Make-a-Wish New Zealand – a char­ity sup­port­ing chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

Gen­eral man­ager David Penny, who also chairs the Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust, says the fes­ti­val looks set to be one of the best with au­then­tic and tra­di­tional food stalls, per­for­mances from more than 1000 dancers, 400 vil­lage com­mu­nity stalls, trade, art and cul­tural dis­plays.

‘‘To be able to com­bine that with such a wor­thy fundrais­ing cam­paign is fan­tas­tic,’’ he says.

‘‘Our kids are all chil­dren of the Pa­cific and Make-A-Wish has touched many of their lives. I’m sure peo­ple will ac­knowl­edge that when they spot our col­lec­tors in the crowd.’’

The 10 na­tions rep­re­sented at the event are Aotearoa, Samoa, Tu­valu, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Toke­lau, Cook Is­lands, Niue and Kiri­bati.

En­try is free.

Photo: PETER MEECHAM

Cul­ture fest: More than 50,000 peo­ple a day are ex­pected to at­tend this year’s Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val.

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