Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val grows

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

More than 20 schools will line up and take part in the 4th An­nual Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val held in Tau­ranga this month.

Now into its fourth year, Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val in the Bay, is a vi­brant cel­e­bra­tion of the unique cul­tures of the Pa­cific Is­lands through dance and food with a fo­cus on the younger gen­er­a­tion. This year the fes­ti­val is hosted by Greer­ton Vil­lage School with school per­for­mance groups rang­ing across the Bay of Plenty from Katikati to Te Puke.

Cul­tural per­for­mance groups from schools around the Bay will be prac­tis­ing hard ahead of the big day that will see 20-plus groups take the out­door stage in vi­brant tra­di­tional cos­tumes, rep­re­sent­ing na­tions from all over the Pa­cific in­clud­ing Tonga, Samoa, Niue, Kiri­bati, Cook Is­lands, Fiji and more.

Along­side per­for­mances will be mar­ket style stalls packed with authentic foods from the is­lands to tempt the taste buds. Pre­vi­ous years’ crowds have reached the thou­sands and or­gan­is­ers be­lieve this year will be big­ger than ever.

Pasi­fika in the Bay be­gan four years ago when a small group of Pasi­fika teach­ers within the Bay of Plenty area con­nected with the vi­sion to raise Pasi­fika achieve­ment within the school sys­tem by giv­ing stu­dents a plat­form to show­case their cul­ture.

“The chance for these stu­dents to stand on the big stage and rep­re­sent their her­itage in front of teach­ers, peers, fam­ily and the wider com­mu­nity is hugely valu­able,” says found­ing mem­ber Mike Dou­glas.

Hold­ing the fes­ti­val within a school is a great way for the Pasi­fika stu­dents and fam­i­lies to strengthen re­la­tion­ships with the school and its wider com­mu­nity.

The com­mit­tee be­hind the fes­ti­val has grown over the years, along with the size of the event but the vi­sion be­hind it to pro­mote Pasi­fika cul­ture within the Bay, re­mains the same.


Te Puke Pri­mary School at the An­nual Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val last year.

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