Pasi­fika a huge suc­cess

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val are al­ready plan­ning next year’s fes­ti­val af­ter a record at­ten­dance at Western Springs.

The 2013 event took place last month and was run for the first time over two days, at­tract­ing about 80,000 peo­ple.

Pasi­fika is or­gan­ised by the coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion, Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED).

‘‘The in­tro­duc­tion of a Sun­day event was a great suc­cess with more than 20,000 peo­ple en­joy­ing the Pasi­fika ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ ATEED spokes­woman Vir­ginia Terp­stra says. ‘‘ We are de­lighted with the re­sults.’’

She says the pop­u­lar­ity of the Sun­day event, which in­cluded a huge in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional church ser­vice, shows Auck­lan­ders and vis­i­tors are keen on the two-day op­tion.

Next year’s fes­ti­val will take place on March 8 and 9.

See auck­ for up­dates.

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