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Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of Fiji, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Tokelau, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Aotearoa – right here in Wellington!

Wellington City Council presents the Wellington Pasifika Festival, a day of traditional and contemporary Pasifika performances, delicious food, crafts for purchase and free family-friendly activities as part of Wellington’s Summer City.

Must see performers include Pacific Music Award winners Punialava’, genre-defying indigenous storyteller Mojo Juju and NZ super soul vocalist Bella Kalolo who brings her Samoan, Tongan and Maori heritage to the stage.

Food producers will bring the heat to the kitchen in the Pacific Cuisine Cook-off, where 12 food stalls will go head to head. Each competitor will put up their best Pacific dish for Rongotai MP Paul Eagle to judge. Who will win the title?

You can also hop on board the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision film bus and enjoy screenings of favourite short films from past Siapo Cinema: Oceania Festivals!

Pasifika highlights our Pacific communities’ arts, culture and history, and provides an insight into traditional practices across various cultures. The annual festival features local and international performance groups, food and craft stalls.

Gather your friends and family to join us on Saturday 19 January to celebrate the vibrant culture and traditions of our Pasifika communities.

Visit wellington.govt.nz/pasifika for more info

Programme

12 noon –

Blessing by Pastor Varani Komaisavai

Welcome speech by Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito Tofae Su’a William Sio

12.15pm – Mauke Enua

12.25pm – St Teresa Tongan Youth Choir

12.35pm – Kiribati St Joseph Community

12.45pm – Wellington Solomon Islands Community

12.55pm – Wainuiomata Samoan Methodist Church Youth Group

1.05pm – Niue Wellington Youth

1.10pm – Porirua Methodist Church

1.20pm – Makatu’unga He’ofa Wellington Tongan Community

1.30pm – Tokelau

1.40pm – Vakaviti Group

1.50pm – Tupelega Talavou

2pm – Mafutaga Su’ifefiloi

2.10pm – Pacific Cuisine Cook Off

2.25pm – Mafutaga Tagata Matutua Exercise Group

2.35pm – Youngsolwara Poneke

2.45pm – Tyrun

2.55pm – KOA

3.10pm – Tautua Dance

3.25pm – Arasi Band

3.50pm – Punialava’a

4.30pm – Mojo Juju

5.15pm – Bella Kalolo

 

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