Events

Pasifika Festival

Hear the beating of tapa, watch the te buki and taste the hangi as the sights and sounds of New Zealand’s island neighbours are brought to life in Auckland

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014
Western Springs Lakeside Park, Auckland

The annual Pasifika Festival is a celebration of the music, food, arts and dance of the Pacific Island communities, and is the most significant cultural festival in the South Pacific.

The two-day party features a concert of the Pacific’s songs, dances and stories, followed by the festival day which sees Auckland’s Western Springs Park transformed into 11 villages – Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, Kiribati, Nuie, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu. Experience the vibrant hospitality of Auckland’s Pacific culture and revel in the coming together of the Pacific communities as they celebrate their unity and diversity.

New Zealand’s biggest city is also the most multi-cultural and is the world’s largest Polynesian city. Savour the vibrant Polynesian lifestyle in the city’s markets and restaurants, or visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where the collection includes outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international paintings, sculptures and prints.

Auckland has an array of markets to choose from. In the city centre, the City Farmers’ Market at Britomart is where local growers, farmers and artisan food producers sell their wares. Or why not improve your culinary skills at a cooking lesson at Auckland’s Fish Market. Auckland is the ideal place to stock up on souvenirs before returning home and you will find unusual and interesting items in many of the shops, including possum-merino knitwear, sheepskin footwear and wood, glass or jade goods – ideal reminders of your trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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For more information visit www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika