Pasifika Festival

Tonga’s Hahake District Council to offer taro samples at Pasifika

The HDWC are part of Tonga’s delegation to Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s Pasifika Business Market hosting more than 35 companies from 11 Pacific island countries at Auckland’s Pasifika Festival from 24-25 March.   But getting the taro to Pasifika will be an achievement and a poignant moment for the Council whose district was worst hit by Cyclone Gita last month.

Maile Tanigitau and Kapeli Lanumata will represent Hahake District despite the area sustaining significant damage.

Pacific businesses from the region showcase products to NZ

The aim is to help Pacific exporters promote their products to the New Zealand market.

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand Trade Development Manager, Joe Fuavao, said around 40 companies from eleven Pacific countries will be taking part.

Mr Fuavao said the main object for the companies at the festival is to test their products to New Zealand consumers and gauge an immediate response.

Thirty exporters to feature at Pasifika

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ is working in association with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), an organisation of the Auckland Council, to create the Pacific Hub that will host exporting companies from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

Though PTI has hosted Pacific companies at Pasifika since 2016, stalls of PTI-hosted companies tended to be scattered across the ‘villages’ throughout the sprawling Western Springs property.

Wellington celebrates the Pacific

Hundreds attended the event on the waterfront's Odlin Plaza, where Pacific food and hand-made crafts were sold and community groups performed.

Celebrations ended with performances from award-winning Niuean artist Tommy Nee and internationally-known reggae star, George Veikoso, also known as Fiji. 

The festival was MC'ed by Tofiga Fepulea'i from the comedy duo the Laughing Samoans.


Wellington hosting Pasifika Festival

It will be held at Odlins Plaza on the waterfront and feature performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.

There will also be traditional pacific food, including a Pacific Island Cook-Off and a range of family-friendly activities.

The festival will be MCed by Tofiga Fepulea'i a former member of the comedy duo the Laughing Samoans.

The Wellington council says it is an opportunity for all Pacific people to celebrate and share their knowledge, values and beliefs.

The Wellington Pasifika Festival runs from 12 noon until 6pm.


LGBTQIA to make first ever appearance at Wellington Pasifika Festival

Leilani Sio got the idea rolling with an online boosted campaign to help fund their involvement in next month's festival, receiving just over $2500 from donors, including Green MP Jan Logie.

Sio says the Pacific rainbow community has been absent in the big Pacific festivals for too long.

"I just had the idea that I think it would be important to actually participate in a Pasifika festival. They've been happening for more than two decades around Aotearoa and one thing that stuck out was the lack of representation as far as Rainbow Pasifika goes."

25 years on: the changing faces of Pasifika

Every generation that has been a part of the festival over the years reflects the changing faces of what remains the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world.

This weekend's 25th anniversary is, not only a testament to the festival's longevity, but it also told a story of the multiple generations in many families who have been a part of the Pasifika experience since it began.

Tua, a local Cook Islander who migrated to New Zealand more than 40 years ago is no stranger to the festival.

Thousands turn out for Pasifika Festival

The sound of drum beats, ukuleles and beautiful Pacific voices filled the air for the 25th Pasifika to be held in the city.

RNZ reports people from all ethnic backgrounds and ages were at Western Springs taking in the atmosphere wandering through the 11 Pasifika villages that each represent a Pacific nation, along the winding pathways and lakes of Western Springs Park.

Any unsuspecting visitors to the park would be forgiven for thinking they had somehow been transported to a far-flung Pacific destination.

Tongan National Youth Congress to showcase coconut products range

Its goal is to better the welfare of the youth in Tonga through programmes that foster responsibility, citizenship, community service and leadership.

The TNYC, established in 1991, is the biggest local NGO with offices in the six main islands. As well as sports, environmental awareness, education, health and mental wellbeing, TNYC also focuses on entrepreneurship, vocations and careers.

One of the areas it is actively involved in is helping youth to set up agricultural activities and projects from which they can benefit.

Solomon Islands showcases cocoa for Pasifika festival

Cathliro Commodities Development Limited (CCDL) is attending Auckland’s Pasifika Festival under the Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) Pacific Path to Market programme.

PT&I hosted its Pacific Path to Market programme in the Solomon Islands last year and from the workshops identified a group of companies capable of exporting to New Zealand.

CCDL is a cocoa producing company, locally owned and managed by Diana Yates.   The company has been in operation for 6 years.  It has 30 employees. Its main business activity is exporting cocoa beans to Malaysia.