Pa­cific fes­ti­val leaps into ac­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A week cel­e­brat­ing Porirua’s Pa­cific cul­ture kicks off this Fri­day, cul­mi­nat­ing in a city-wide food col­lec­tion day on De­cem­ber 1.

The eighth an­nual Week of Ac­tion will be­gin with the Tahi 2012 youth concert at Te Rau­paraha Arena from 7pm this Fri­day. The pop­u­lar street parade takes place the next morn­ing at 8am from Wai­tan­girua Mall, fin­ish­ing at the arena.

‘‘Each Pa­cific community has a float and we hope to have rep­re­sen­ta­tion from our eth­nic com- mu­ni­ties like Laos and Sri Lanka.

‘‘There is bound to be a lot of colour,’’ co- or­gan­iser Faal­ogo Vaai says.

On Satur­day opera star Ben Mak­isi will lead the way in the Raise the Praise fes­ti­val at the Arena. A num­ber of church groups will per­form dur­ing the evening, doors open­ing at 6pm.

Throughout the fol­low­ing week there will be ‘‘Seeds of Hope’’ work­shops that aim to help tackle child poverty, with veg­etable gar­dens be­ing es­tab­lished in nine early child­hood cen­tres in the city.

‘‘We think the ex­cite­ment cre­ated by the kids will rub off on the par­ents, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and even­tu­ally rally them to cre­ate veg­etable gar­dens [of their own], pro­vid­ing one prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to child poverty,’’ Strong Pa­cific Fam­i­lies Porirua chair­per­son Emily Toimata-Holtham says.

The food col­lec­tion day, which is in its third year, is be­com­ing a big deal, Mr Vaai says.

‘‘It be­gan with one truck, then last year we had two. One has drum­mers play­ing in the back, so it’s a lot of fun with a good mes­sage.’’

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