Students show off their Pacific pride
minutes to present up to nine Pasifika cultures ranging from Hawaiian to Kiribati. Some showcased eight cultures with group numbers reaching the maximum of 100 students.
Those in attendance included National MP David Bennett, Hamilton Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher and city councillors Paula Southgate, James Casson, Siggi Henry and Ryan Hamilton.
Special guests, the late Hamilton City Councillor Philip Yeung’s wife, Alice and daughter Jeannie Yeung also attended the event. The PBN Most Valuable Contribution trophy has been renamed in Cr Yeung’s honour acknowledging his dedication to the festival for over 14 years.
”He and Alice had been to about 14 of the festivals so he’d seen it grow to what it has become and we will miss him because he’s usually the first one there and the last one to leave. He just loved the event,” Ms Matenga said.
Tokoroa’s Forest View High School received the trophy from the Yeung family.
“PBN nurtures our pasifika culture. It also helps to evolve our culture because the young people are so talented. They come up with so many beautiful ideas. Everything is live — the band, singing, traditional drums with full-on costumes. It is mindblowing and only lasts for 20 minutes,” Ms Matenga said.
Fraser High School take the 2018 title and the Hawaiian and Tongan cultural awards.