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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 sha­peauck­ to have your say.

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