Pasifika in the Bay festival growing
Pasifika in the Bay is a growing annual celebration of Pacific culture in the Bay of Plenty.
This year’s festival was held at Greerton Village School last week, with Te Puke Primary School taking part in every festival since it began four years ago.
Te Puke Intermediate School took part for this first time this year.
Mike Douglas, the teacher in charge of the Poly Club at Te Puke Primary, says as the
Mike is also part of the festival organising committee.
“We were very happy with the festival and blown away by the amount of support.”
He says when it first started there were nine schools and two food stalls. “This year there were 22 schools and quite a few more food stalls. We wanted to create a food market style atmosphere and I think we did that. We wanted people to sit and enjoy the Polynesian food while being entertained by the Polynesian culture.”
Te Puke Primary School’s Marese Taumata.
Sonjay Sua from Te Puke Primary School leading the sasa.