North Island secondary schools took to the Regent on Broadway stage for the annual Pasifika Fusion festival on Thursday. Photographer David Unwin captured the action.
Secondary schools from throughout the North Island took to the Regent on Broadway stage for the annual Pasifika Fusion festival.
The drums and vibrant stage setting attracted a large crowd to the event where nine schools performed with the theme of leadership.
Waiopehu College travelled north for the 10th year in a row and Pasifika Dean Emma Hillary described Fusion as an important event on the school’s calendar.
‘‘The day means everything to our Pasifika children,’’ she said.
‘‘It is the epitome and height of Pasifika culture for them.’’
Hillary said Fusion gave the pupils the chance to engage with each other and feel like they belonged to a community.
‘‘It’s not only just about the event, but also the weeks and months leading up to today. The time they spent together practis- ing and the laughs they had along the way is what it’s all about.’’
Hillary said training during the weeks leading up to the event had been very family oriented and her role had been more of a facilitator.
‘‘We have some wonderful support from the students’ families, who tutor the group, so I’m lucky to be able to put my feet up and enjoy what they produce.’’
Student Jane Masoe said Fusion provided a fun way to express themselves and their cultures. ‘‘We’re just here to have a bit of fun and look back at where we’ve come from,’’ she said.
Masoe said they had been training for three hours every week since early in term one.
Palmerston North Girls’ High School mentor Ellington Matalave also said they had been training every week for four months.
Palmerston North Girls High School students perform at the Regent on Broadway for Pasifika Fusion.
Waiopehu College has been coming to Pasifika Fusion for over a decade.
Sisavaii Muliaga, from Palmerston North Girls’ High School, leads a group performance.
Coleen Adarlo prepares before her group dance.
Waiopehu College student Velese Matua, right, leads his group dance.
Tekela Matakaiongo is all concentration.