Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Tuvalu in two days time

Media release – embargoed 7 March 2012

7 March 2012

Tuvalu in two days time

Talofa. Tuvalu will demonstrate at Pasifika Festival their dance, language and culture is strong, despite the threat of sea level rise.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Event Producer Ole Maiava says the Festival at Western Springs is an opportunity for small Pacific islands, like Tuvalu, to proudly share their culture with Aucklanders.

“On Saturday 10 March, one of Tuvalu’s small coral atolls, Nanumea, will showcase its unique culture at the Tuvalu village.

“The Nanumea community will perform fatele, the famous colourful and unique form of Tuvaluan dance. It is used to celebrate leaders and to welcome important guests coming into the country, or to individual islands. The dances explore the culture of the island and its deep ties to the sea.

“The dancers wear a distinctive traditional skirt made from hand-dyed pandanus leaf strips using traditional pattern and colours,” he explains.

There is also an important presentation about the impact on sea level rise for the people of Tuvalu.

Lock it in your calendar, dust off your sunnies and be part of Pasifika Festival 2012.



• This year Pasifika celebrates 20 years of celebrating Pacific culture in Auckland.

• Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world. It consists of three reef islands, Nanumaga, Niutao, Niulakita and six coral islands, Funafuti, Nanumea, Nui, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Vaitupu.

• Other highlights on Saturday 10 March on Tuvalu stage will be: the Tuvalu “siva” by the Kaumaile Dancing Group; the “fatele” by the Tamafine Kaumaile Dancing Group (children) as well as a demonstration of handicraft making and traditional costume making, and traditional presentation by the village Kaumatua.

• Friday 9 March, 7pm - 9pm, the Pasifika Festival Opening Night Concert will feature performances from 10 different cultures and special guests.

• Saturday 10 March, 10am - 5pm, Pasifika Festival Day will see the park transformed into 10 villages from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue, Tahiti, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Aotearoa. Each village will offer food, art, dance and music.

• Entry is FREE, and for the first time the park will be fenced with six entrances located on Great North Road (x2), Motions Road, Stadium Rd, and near Western Springs Stadium and Auckland Zoo.

• Visit: http://www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika for more information

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Canada’s Election, And The AUKUS Defence Pact

Yesterday, Canada held an election in which everyone lost, including the voters. After holding its most expensive ( $C600 million) election campaign ever, the result was Groundhog Day, with the five main parties getting almost exactly the same number of seats as they did last time around, in 2019. Same overall result too: Liberals leader and PM Justin Trudeau will once again be leading a minority government... More>>

Covid-19, 24/9: 1,131 Overall Cases, 4,900,000+ Vaccine Doses

9 new cases have been discovered in Auckland, currently at Level 3. 886 of the Auckland cases have recovered alongside all of the Wellington cases... More>>



Government: Next Steps To Improve Safety In Wake Of Whakaari White Island Tragedy
The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities... More>>

Government: Expert Group Appointed To Lead New Zealand’s Future Health System
An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says... More>>


Green Party: Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
New Zealanders stranded overseas should be allowed to vote in next year’s local government elections and the 2023 general election, the Green Party said today. “The reality of this pandemic is lots of people cannot renew their voting rights when they are home as they normally would... More>>

Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels