Pa­cific comes to town

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

An ex­tra is­land na­tion will join the ex­ist­ing line-up show­cas­ing a smor­gas­bord of cul­ture and her­itage dur­ing this year’s Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val at West­ern Springs on March 8 and 9.

The event is the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of its kind in the world, giv­ing peo­ple the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the sights, sounds, tastes and colours of the Pa­cific – with­out even leav­ing Auck­land.

Hawaii is the new­comer, along­side Aotearoa, Cook Is­lands, Fiji, Kiri­bati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Toke­lau, Tonga and Tu­valu.

The fes­ti­val is sup­ported by Fair­fax Me­dia, pub­lisher of Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers and the Auck­land City Har­bour News.

Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment is be­hind the 22-year-old event and chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley says both days of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one.

‘‘With 1000 per­form­ers on 11 stages, 200 food and craft stalls cook­ing up over 150 dif­fer­ent food dishes for two days in one place, Pasi­fika is set to be a fan­tas­tic event.’’

March 8 will be a day of high en­ergy and bustling mar­kets, main stage per­for­mances, tra­di­tional tat­too­ing, and craft work­shops.

An in­ter-de­nom- ina­tional church ser­vice will be held on March 9 and fol­lowed by a more laid-back pro­gramme of en­ter­tain­ment.

Is­land style: This year’s Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val will fea­ture over 1000 per­form­ers on 11 stages.

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