Waterfront market celebrates Pacific culture and talent

Publish Date : 19 Jan 2024
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Have you tried Tongan Kapisis Pulu? How about the Cook Island’s Ika Mata? Tasted Fiji’s Kokodo, or Samoan Pani popo? These are just a sample of the Pacific flavours that could be on the menu at the inaugural Moana Oceania Mākete.

Taking place on the Base Spaces in Wynyard Quarter overlooking Te Waitematā on Saturday 03 February, come and experience authentic Pacific Island food, cultural performances, and crafts at a family day celebrating the many Pacific connections we have here in Aotearoa.

Ole Maiava, Placemaker at Eke Panuku, says the long term aim is to build representation of all 16 Pacific islands living here in Tāmaki Makaurau, including Māori culture, with a food and culture element for each. This year, you can look forward to experiencing a taste of Hawaiian, Kuki Airani, Fijian, Samoan culture and more.

Mākete-goers will also be treated to 12 different cultural performances, including Anuanua Performance Art Troupe, Tatau Dance Academy, Niuean singer songwriter Mal Lakatani, Samoan Hip Hop artist Tha Feelstyle, and more to be announced.   

Ole says the waterfront location is particularly significant.

“The waterfront is a central space in Tāmaki Makaurau where people from all areas and cultural backgrounds come together. Holding this event on the edge of Te Waitematā emphasises the element that connects us all – the moana (ocean). This will be a genuine celebration of Pacific Island culture in a location where everyone is welcome.”

Although facilitated by Eke Panuku, the event has been organised by the passionate South Auckland Pacific Island and Māori community, with community groups such as Rep FM and Roots Creative Entrepreneurs managing all the logistics.

“Five years ago, many of the young people in these groups were struggling to find their path in life, but through taking the lead in organising similar events in South Auckland, they have developed amazing skills and achieved great outcomes individually and as a community,” Ole says.  

Ole adds, “Although this is our first year, the response from the Pacific community to partake has been encouraging. We’re looking forward to bringing a full spectrum of flavours and crafts from as many different Pacific Island cultures as possible as we grow this event in the future.
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