Pasifika tradition going strong
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.
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.