News | 11 May 2022
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Pasifika festivities to make a splash in the capital

Wellington City Council postponed its summer Pasifika event for the safety and well-being of our community – but now a series of smaller events will celebrate our Pacific communities.

ANAMUA FOU Dance Group performing
Anamua Fou Dance Group credit: AFERETI.PHOTOGRAPHY

To mark the Pasifika language weeks coming up, and to bring our Pacific communities together to share their stories, culture and knowledge, there’ll be a series of festivities including performances, music, crafts, food and even a Pool Party in the coming months.

To coincide with Rotuman Language Week (8-14 May), there’ll be a celebration of Rotuman Culture with performances at the Wellington Museum on Saturday 14 May from midday.

As part of Samoa Language Week (29 May – 4 June), there’ll be a special opportunity with a Pasifika Pool Party at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre on Saturday 28 May for everyone to celebrate Pacific culture, share knowledge and support Wellington as an inclusive, vibrant and creative capital.  

The festivities will include performances by the Anamua Fou Dance Group, the Mafutaga Tagata Matutua Pacific Exercise Group, and a “Bomb” competition with prizes for the best manu.

On Saturday 4 June, there’ll also be two events for the whole whānau to experience the sights and sounds of Samoa with food, crafts, and performances at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre and a dance group at the Wellington Museum.  

Rotuman performance group at Te Papa
Rotuman Performance Group at Te Papa

All Wellingtonians are invited to enjoy these events.

NZRF Rotuman Group Performance
Āhea | When: Saturday 14 May, 12 noon  
Ki hea | Where: Wellington Museum  
Te utu | Cost: Free

Kilbirnie Pasifika Pool Day 
Āhea | When: Saturday 28 May, programme starts at 3pm (pool open 7am–9pm)   
Ki hea | Where: Kilbirnie Pool and Recreation Centre 
Te utu | Cost: Half-price entry

Samoa Celebration
Āhea | When: Saturday 4 June, 1.30pm – 4pm
Ki hea | Where: Kilbirnie Recreation Centre
Te utu | Cost: Half-price entry

Anamua Fou Dance Group 
Āhea | When: Saturday 4 June, 12 midday
Ki hea | Where: Wellington Museum 
Te utu | Cost: Free