Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Pasifika Festival ready to go

Pasifika Festival ready to go

New events, old favourites, cultural workshops, tasty treats and much more await visitors to Auckland’s annual Pasifika Festival when it starts on Sunday 6 March.

The 2011 Pasifika Festival is the largest and most significant cultural festival in the South Pacific. A major highlight of Auckland’s events calendar, it offers something for everyone and attracts more than 250,000 visitors during a busy week of events in the centre of Auckland and at Western Springs.

The festival launches at the Auckland Arts Festival TV3 Garden Stage in Aotea Square, 10.30am to 12.30pm on Sunday 6 March. Performers include Te Riri O te O, Te Ariki Vaine Polynesian dance group and Sa-Move.

The launch event will begin with a performance by a Tongan brass band, a mihi and blessing from tangata whenua before the Reverend William Cuthers leads the assembled group in prayer. After the prayer Auckland Mayor Len Brown will speak. The launch event marks the start of a week-long programme of events including traditional and contemporary music and dance, art exhibitions, debates and workshops.

Auckland’s popular Pasifika Festival is a free celebration organised annually by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd on behalf of Auckland Council. It is the biggest annual event in the Auckland region, attracting more than 250,000 people across the week of events.

Pasifika Festival 2011 is proudly supported by Air New Zealand, Flava 95.8, AUT, Smokefree, Pacific Media Network, Creative New Zealand, Nautilus Foundation, Tip Top Ice-cream, Maori Television, Dawn Raid Entertainment and The Edge.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland