The Pasifika Festival began in 1990; 28 years ago and is an Auckland’s award-winning festival. Celebrated since 1990. Pasifika has grown to become the largest Pacific Island festival of its kind. This year Pasifika will be held at Western Springs - 859 Great North Road, Auckland. Pasifika in Aotearoa refers to people who are descendants of the Polynesian Islands.
What is it about?
Over the years, Pasifika has featured fashion, theatre performances, pop operas and sport competitions. Pasifika now has 11 different villages, each with their own stalls, markets and performances. These villages represent The Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Tonga and Tokelau. This annual festival now attracts more than 60,000 visitors.
Why is Pasifika important?
People wouldn’t like to forget their culture, so they created a festival to celebrate their country. Imagine moving somewhere else, away to a different country and forgetting everything about your own culture. Pacifika also brings other cultures together so people can get to know more about this culture.
What impact does the festival have on people?
Non - Pacific people Pacific people
People would want to learn more Pacific people can learn more
about the Pacific people. about their own cultures.
They would be exposed to the Their culture would not be forgotten
Due to Pasifika, people have now learnt more about Pacific cultures including the many languages, dances and traditions. Overall, the Pasifika festival is a great way for people to learn more about the Pacific culture, whether they are Polynesian or Non-Polynesian.
By: Tvisha, Bryan and Micah
WHAT’S IT ABOUT
Polyfest includes music, dance , costume and speeches provided by different Auckland secondary school students. Polyfest goes on for 3 days. Only Pacific islands and Maori is included. There are different stages which showcase Tonga, Cook island, Niue, Samoan and Maori arts. It is a celebration of youth performance, and a showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures.
Polyfest has been going for 43 years and everyone has been part of it. There are more than 9000 kids from 59 different schools. This festival was created at the Hillary collage in Otara on the 20th of October 1976. Polyfest was not only for dances but to become involved in performances and celebrations too. Many schools host Polyfest, for example; The Mangere College hosted the Polyfest in 1997 and this year Polyfest will be hosted by James Cook High School .
WHY IS POLYFEST IMPORTANT?
Students compete along five stages, showcasing traditional performances. This includes students from cultures such as Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoan and Tongan. Polyfest is very important because if we didn’t have Polyfest, not as many people would get to learn about different cultures.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON PEOPLE?
The impact on people would be is that everyone is learning more about the Pacific culture , and it also helps us celebrate diversity. We are learning about Pacific languages, dances and traditions
By Sean, Maddy, Danyon, Hersh and Meera.