The annual festival is a highlight on the summer events calendar, attracting over 15,000 people each year, and with so many activities, food stalls, traditional crafts and performers lined-up, visitors will be transported to the Pacific for the day.
The wide-ranging programme includes performers from all over the Pacific like opera legend Ben Makisi, the soulful sounds of Mo Etc., the Mafutaga Tagata Matutua Senior Exercise Group, Tautua Dance, and Tīwhanawhana, a takatāpui community group that welcomes people of diverse sexualities and gender identity.
The free, whānau friendly event will be hosted by Mai FM’s Fame and Randy, the Wellington Saints will be running basketball activities throughout the day, and the Pacific Cuisine Cook-Off will test the skills of the food stalls through a local celebrity judging panel.
Mayor Tory Whanau says this event is the perfect way to spend the day celebrating our diversity and combined cultures, and what better way to do that than with kai, kōrero and waiata.
“I’m really looking forward to this day, as it’s one of the most vibrant, multi-cultural and entertaining festivals in town – and judging the Pacific Cuisine Cook-Off this year has already tantalised my tastebuds.”