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Changes to grow the Pasifika Festival

Changes to grow the Pasifika Festival

Auckland City Council’s Recreation and Events Committee has approved a report that will see the popular Pasifika Festival grow from a single day event to a multi day extravaganza in the coming years.

The five-year strategy proposes that the event, which celebrates Pacific Island culture, will extend to a two-day event including an opportunity for people to attend ticketed features.

A Pasifika Festival Advisory Board will be established to ensure key stakeholders are represented and the management of this iconic event is centralised.

Scott Milne, chairperson of the council’s Recreation and Events Committee, an outspoken advocate for the event, says Auckland is particularly fortunate to be able to host the largest Pacific Island event in the southern hemisphere. “We are keen to secure its longevity and its cultural prosperity,” he says.

Consultation with over 30 stakeholders, including Pasifika Festival Komiti members, Tourism Auckland, Auckland Festival Trust, business groups and representatives of Pacific interest groups concluded that the event had the potential to become a national and international visitor draw card to New Zealand and more importantly Auckland.

Komiti representative Maria Meredith said: “We are proud of our 11 year relationship with Auckland City Council and the work it has done with Pacific peoples.

“The endorsement allows us to focus on the celebration of Pacific peoples’ unique contribution to the Auckland region.

“Our partnership means developing a stronger leadership role in growing the event and to ensure its future”.

The 2003 Pacific Festival will start at 9.00am on Saturday 8 March at the Western Springs Lakeside and Stadium.

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