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25th Pasifika Festival

25 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017

  • Photographer: PIXiPIC 2016
  • Photographer: PIXiPIC 2016
  • Photographer: Chris Traill
When

Saturday 25 March 2017, 10.00am - Saturday 25 March 2017, 6.00pm

Sunday 26 March 2017, 10.00am - Sunday 26 March 2017, 4.00pm

Where

Western Springs Park, Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Show map

Cost
Free
Website

aucklandnz.com/pasifika

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25th Pasifika Festival – Sat 25 & Sun 26 Mar 2017.

Pack your picnic rug and head along to the 25th anniversary Pasifika Festival, this weekend!

On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March, Western Springs Park will be transformed into a slice of Island paradise, with 11 villages wrapping around the lake. Each village represents a Pacific Island nation and has a distinctly different vibe.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Tahiti, Tokelau, Fiji and Kiribati; follow your nose and you will discover Hawaii’s smokey BBQ delights or, if you are wondering what the noise is about, head along to the Cook Island and Samoa villages. They are renowned for their high-energy stage performances.

The festival is free entry and suitable for all ages. The main paths are pushchair friendly and there is plenty of shade and space to spread out. Money machines are available but, to avoid queues, it is advised to bring cash.

The special 25th anniversary showcase on Saturday 4pm-6pm (Samoa stage) includes performances from Ura Tabu dance group, the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble Dance Group and singing sensations Adeaze and Resonate. There will also be cultural performances from six leading Auckland high schools.

On Sunday, the choral celebration in Fiji village will be from 11am to 1pm. Performances from the Auckland Gospel Choir, Stand Up Stand Out performing arts competition participants from St Paul’s College, Aorere College, Southern Cross Campus and Avondale College, and Resonate.

Highlights:

  • More than 60,000 visitors are expected over the two days.
  • Approximately 220 performance groups (both local and international).
  • More than 200 food and craft stalls.
  • The 50-member Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble Dance Group from Maui, Hula Fashion Show (Saturday lunchtime) and mural artist Estria are must-sees in Hawai’i village.
  • Cook Island pearls available to purchase in Cook Island village.
  • Oscar Kightley and Aaron and Heather Freeman will be announcing the winners of the PAK’nSAVE Kaimaster Food Awards on Cook Island stage, Saturday lunchtime. Make sure you sample the winning stallholders’ dishes.
  • Samoa village will host the 25th anniversary showcase Saturday afternoon 4pm-6pm.
  • Singer and Musician Riqi Harawira performing in Aotearoa Village (Sunday afternoon).
  • Fiji village will host the 25th anniversary choral service Sunday morning 11am-1pm.

Event map

Download the Pasifika Festival 2017 event map (PDF 1MB).​

Getting there

Visit at.govt.nz for public transport information.

People planning to drive to Pasifika should note that Bullock Track Road will be closed both Saturday and Sunday. 

Parking is available at Western Springs College and Pasadena Intermediate School for $10. There is limited free parking at MOTAT (off Meola Road). 

Bike parks are available. Enter via Stadium Road. They are located near MOTAT’s back gate.

Sponsors

Pasifika has some fantastic sponsors this year. Proudly supported by AMI Insurance, other sponsors include Mai FM, Air New Zealand, Edgewater Resort and Spa, PAK’nSAVE, Charlie’s Drinks, Western Union, Pasefika Proud, Tip Top, Pacific Media Network and more.

There's plenty of fun for all ages at the sponsors' areas, including:

  • AMI Insurance virtual reality simulator, chill out area, and sunblock and ponchos available.
  • Cell phone charging station at Blue Sky mobile area.
  • PAK’nSAVE stickman dance-off game.
  • Charlie’s Drinks – games and ice cold beverages.
  • Air New Zealand / Grab a Seat – inflatable musical seats game.
  • Auckland Kindergarten Association – story telling for kids.
  • More FM – YMCA kids zone.
  • NIU FM and 531pi – activation area. Fun games and giveaways all weekend!

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) delivers Pasifika in conjunction with Orange Productions, on behalf of Auckland Council.