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Pacific Dance Festival

05 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


Wednesday 5 June 2019, 5.00pm - Sunday 23 June 2019, 4.00pm


Mangere Arts Centre, corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Mangere, Auckland

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All performances at Mangere Arts Centre, except LEECHES, which is held at ASB Waterfront Theatre


Shows at Mangere Arts Centre:

  • Waged: $28.62 ($25 + $3.62 fees)
  • Unwaged: $19.45 ($18 + $1.45 fees)
  • Student, Senior Citizen: $19.45 ($18 + $1.45 fees)
  • Children (3 to 14 years): $12.30 ($12 + $0.30 fees)

LEECHES at ASB Waterfront Theatre

  • Adult: $50
  • Student: $28
  • Group 10+: $40
  • Community Services Cardholder: $28

Tickets for shows at Mangere Arts Centre available via Eventfinda

Tickets for LEECHES available via ASB Waterfront Theatre website


The fourth annual Pacific Dance Festival runs from June 5-23, heading into more venues than ever before.

Showcasing a rich and diverse line-up of talent from across the Pacific, both local and international performers of Pacific heritage will be in action throughout Auckland.

Full programme available at


Fri 7 June, 8pm | ASB Waterfront Theatre

LEECHES follows nine award-winning and internationally acclaimed dancers and their experiences living the modern experience of being Kiwi and Pasifika; their turmoil and triumphs of living in a Euro-Centric country. The performers take on character roles of members of society in order to reflect and challenge how the modern Pasifika person is perceived by one another and New Zealanders.


Tue 11 & Wed 12 June, 7pm | Mangere Arts Centre

A collection of short works by emerging dance artists Ankaramy Fepuleai with ‘Lalo’, ’Stolen Stories’ by FAF SWAG artist Manoa Teaiwa, Tofifailauga Misa’s ‘Ave Ese’, Lyncia Muller and the New Zealand School of Dance. 


Fri 14 June, 8pm | Mangere Arts Centre

Triple-bill performance, featuring Vivian Aue’s 'Melville Place', Laifa Ta’ala and Ufitia Sagapolutele’s latest original dance work on various personal stories from women. 


Sat 15 June, 7pm | Mangere Arts Centre

Hadleigh Pouesi & Freshmans Dance Crew

Māui is a piece that uses dance, music and physical theatre to tell the stories that we grew up with and have travelled throughout the Pacific for hundreds of years. Māui demonstrates strength, growth, leadership and vulnerability and through movement these stories are re-told in a way like never before. 

Siva Maia

Sun 16 June, 5pm | Mangere Arts Centre

Opeloge Ah Sam

A performance that follows the expression of modern Samoan Identity through music and dance -moulded and fused together with styles such as Jazz, Ballet & Arabic dance.

Siva Mai explores the dilemma many Pasifika people have who grow up in multi-cultural environments and households where they have bi-cultural identities and more.

Kapu Akari

Sat 22 June, 8pm | Mangere Arts Centre

Aue Dance Company

Kapu Akari is a physical dance montage exploring the themes of sacred traditional Pacific ceremonies, rituals, protocols and events where a coconut cup and coconut husk is being used. Also exploring the importance and significance of a tanoa (kava bowl).