Pasi­fika tra­di­tion go­ing strong

Central Leader - - News -

Rain show­ers could not dampen the spir­its of at least 180,000 peo­ple who at­tended the Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val at West­ern Springs Park on Satur­day.

Al­though the weather was not al­ways sunny, there were plenty of golden mo­ments and friendly catch-ups around the 10 cul­tural vil­lages that made up the free an­nual event.

Fri­day night’s open­ing, or­gan­ised by the Pa­cific Is­lands Board Auck­land City, was also a big suc­cess, says or­gan­iser JR Pereira.

He was pleased to see more than 500 peo­ple there, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of Pa­cific Is­land Af­fairs Ge­orgina Te Heuheu.

“It was quite ex­cel­lent. I think the peo­ple liked the idea to open the event in real Pasi­fika tra­di­tion.

“The high­light for me was peo­ple say­ing how dif­fer­ent it was to pre­vi­ous open­ings and how proud they were that we rose to the chal­lenge,” says Mr Pereira.

Get­ting down: Vance Far­quhar­son, 10, struts his stuff for the hip hop dance com­pe­ti­tion.

Pho­tos: BEN WAT­SON

Get ready: Lag­iloto Lago­mato, 17, left, gives Solon­aima Tevasa, 16, a help­ing hand be­fore their group Fu­na­futi Tu­valu per­forms at the Tu­valu vil­lage.

Big ups: Deisian Brown, 4, made sure he got the best view on dad Uele’s shoul­ders.

Good times: Maka Piloko­lau, 80, en­joys a dance at the Niue Vil­lage.

Beauty queen: Miss Samoa New Zealand Am­ily Faleafaga per­forms at the Samoan vil­lage.

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