Pasi­fika in the Bay fes­ti­val grow­ing

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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.

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