Pasifika Festival is an annual event that takes place in Western Springs in Auckland. As Aucklanders will know, Western Springs is a fabulous green area. There is a lake in the middle where the ducks, pukekos and several other types of birds abound. Also, it shares some part of it with MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology)
Pasifika Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Auckland and has been running for the last 25 years. The event was always in Western Springs, apart from 2015 which took place in Manukau, because of the Queensland fruit flies outbreak.
Auckland has a great number of people from Pacific Islands, almost two-thirds of all Pacific Island people in New Zealand live in Auckland. Samoan is the largest ethnic group among Pacific Islanders. And the Pasifika Festival is the biggest festival of its kind in the world. Auckland is proud of having the festival to show its appreciation of diversity and integration, and of its Pacific heritage.
The 2017 Festival was on 25th and 26th March. The weather was nice. There were lots of performances to see. Typically, Western Springs area was divided into 11 villages representing different Pacific Islands: Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, Fiji, Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Hawai’i, Tahiti, Tokelau, Kiribati and Niue. Each village represents their cultures and has stores for clothes, ornaments, food, music and dance performances.
It is so much fun to join this festival. Seeing great performances, meeting up with Pasifika’s smiley and friendly faces, surrounded by their colourful clothes and items give you a great feeling of being in a carnival, a festival.
If you haven’t been part of this thrilling festival, keep the next one in your diary.
It may be better to let the photos show you the joy.
All photos by SevdaUz Photography