Press Release – Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
Theres only 10 days to go until Western Springs Park transforms into an island paradise as it hosts 10 nations in a colourful celebration of Pacific culture. Western Springs Park is home to the annual Pasifika Festival, showcasing the sights, …28 February 2013
Auckland set to celebrate Pacific style
There’s only 10 days to go until Western Springs Park transforms into an ‘island paradise’ as it hosts 10 nations in a colourful celebration of Pacific culture.
Western Springs Park is home to the annual Pasifika Festival, showcasing the sights, sounds and traditions of Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue, Tahiti, Kirbati, Tuvalu and Aotearoa. This year’s festival has been expanded to two days, 9 and 10 March.
“The ever-popular Pasifika Festival is a feast for the senses, and a rare opportunity to experience islands of the Pacific – all without leaving the region,” says Stan Wolfgramm, ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) Festival Producer.
“Pasifika consistently rates as one of the most popular and important social events in Auckland’s major events calendar. The festival celebrates Auckland’s uniqueness as the largest Pacific Island city in the world, and this year’s event will give people a more authentic experience.”
A specially designed island food menu has been adopted this year to provide visitors with a more traditional and authentic taste experience, while stalls selling non-traditional fare or items from more than one nation will be located in new Pan Pacific areas.
Entry is free throughout the weekend. Visit www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika to find out more.