Stu­dents show off their Pa­cific pride

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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.

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