Absolutely Positively Pacific Times Ahead for Wellington

15 January 2009

Music, crafts and mouth-watering food will bring a taste of the Pacific to Waitangi Park all day Saturday 31 January during this year's Niu FM Positively Pasifika festival.

Communities from the seven Pacific Island nations - Tuvalu, Tonga, Niue, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji and Tokelau - are putting on a day of traditional and contemporary entertainment from 9.30am - 5.00pm.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast says she is looking forward to checking out all the stalls and performances of the packed-out schedule.

"This is only the second year that we have held the Pasifika festival in Wellington, and people are already talking about it because of its success last year," she says.

"This is a great way for Wellingtonians to celebrate the Pacific nations' influence on our culture. So put on your lava lava and get down to the park for a relaxing slice of island life."

An opening prayer will kick off the day at 9.30am before a mix of contemporary and traditional performances by young Islanders. The official opening ceremony just before 11.00am will involve a cast including the chairperson of the Pacific Advisory Group, Mayor Prendergast, the Pacific Islanders' Presbyterian Church Choir and the Reverend T Tofilau.

Each Pacific Island nation will then take turns on stage - most presenting traditional performances such as Niue's Takalo War Dance and a Fatele dance from Tuvalu. More performances on the youth stage will follow before a grand finale at 4.00pm by Pacific reggae group Three Houses Down.

But it's not all about performances - don't forget to sample some of the delicious island cuisine and check out what the craft stalls have to offer. Just go along and have an absolutely positively Pacific day.

More details are available in NZCT Summer City brochures, which are available from Council service centres, libraries, pools and cafés around town. You can also check out details of the NZCT Summer City festival on the Events Calendar.