PASIFIKA: WHEN AND WHERE
WHEN: Sat 25 Mar, 10am–5pm and Sun 26 Mar, 10am–4pm.
Special 25th anniversary celebrations will be held on both days; 4–6pm Saturday at the Samoa Village, and 11am–1pm Sunday at the Fiji Village.
WHERE: Western Springs Park, 731 Great North Rd.
Tips for Pasifika eats
Aaron Freeman and Heather Freeman are Pasifika food ambassadors. Here, Aaron shares some inside knowledge of the event’s best eats.
What dishes are a must-try?
Historically, my favourite has always been at the Hawaii Village, in particular the Kapuaahiwalani Whanau stall that specialises in kalua pork and cabbage, coconut and pineapple haupia, and pineapple bread.
What traditional cooking techniques are used?
There’s a lot of pit cooking with banana leaf (umu, imu, kalua pork) and some fermented preparations. Some enriched starch preparations, such as smacked taro in the Cook Islands Village, will provide festival-goers with a new understanding of what Pasifika cuisines are all about. Commonly available Pacific foods in Aotearoa only really scrape the surface of what is commonly consumed and prepared throughout the Pacific. Last year, the Pacific Islands Trade & Invest agency facilitated the importation of some regional soul foods and seafood to the festival, which made shellfish like fresh paua, and reef fish like maroro (flying fish) from the Cook Islands available for the first time in Aotearoa.
Coffee for good
Social enterprise opens in Ōtāhuhu
A new food and drinks kiosk at Oˉtaˉhuhu Station is proving popular with commuters. Fale Kofi aims to sell nutritious, affordable food and drink that is sugar-free, and ethically produced and sourced from local Maoriˉ and Pasifika producers.
It is supported by an Auckland Council programme, The Southern Initiative, which worked with Auckland Transport to set up the kiosk on a six-month trial.
The trial allows the small enterprise to establish itself in a location that would otherwise be dominated by larger businesses. Fale Kofi is one of many ways the council is helping to make Oˉtaˉhuhu a great place to live, work and play.
These include the new Oˉtaˉhuhu Station, the new town centre and bus stops, and Toiaˉ – the combined library, aquatic centre, teaching garden and playground facility. ———
Lightpath cycleway shines brightly again
Auckland’s Lightpath cycleway has reopened after maintenance. Its magenta surface has been brightened and a marine-grade UV coating has been applied to protect it from the elements. ———
Periscope pops up in centre city
A special moa-shaped periscope has been installed above the Freyberg Place construction zone in Auckland’s city centre so kids of all ages can keep an eye on the area’s development.
Have your say on Auckland’s budget
Feedback on Auckland Council’s 2017/2018 Annual Budget is now open, and runs until 4pm on 27 March. The main topics for consultation are: rates increases; rating stability; targeted rates on accommodation providers; allowing the use of targeted rates on new developments alongside existing growth charges to pay for new infrastructure; a living wage for council staff. Visit shapeauckland.co.nz to have your say.