The sounds of Pacifika
IT’s the fourth annual Pasifika in the Bay this month, and it’s getting bigger every year.
Arecord 22 groups from primary schools across the region are coming to perform and celebrate their culture at this year’s Pasifika festival.
Organisers are considering some options for future events such as localising it or turning into a two-day event.
“But we won’t turn anyone away,” event manager Mel Cottingham says. Schools come from Katikati to Taupo¯ to perform.
Mel says there is no other event like it in the Bay. The festival helps to strengthen the knowledge of language and culture for Pacific Island children, which in turn helps with better learning outcomes, she says.
“It also draws in family. It is a way for families to come together and celebrate their own culture and identity, which creates confidence and a sense of pride.”
Mel says visitors may feel like they are on vacation as they experience the sights and sounds of the Pasifika Festival. They also have a record number of stalls selling healthy Pacific
food. The day includes special guests, traditional music, dance and language. It is a celebration of youth performance, and a showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures. Dance may include haka from different islands, the Samoan sasa, hula and more.
Pacific talent on show at the Pasifika festival.