2 Mar 2012

Maori cultural group to open Pasifika

8:32 pm on 2 March 2012

The winning Maori cultural group at last year's Polyfest will be opening the biggest celebration of Pacific culture in Auckland on the 9 March at Western Springs Park.

Pasifika Festival organiser Ole Maiava says the Western Springs College kapahaka group won the Maori stage at last year's ASB Polyfest and their passion and energy will set the tone for the two day event.

He says Western Springs Park will be transformed into ten Pacific villages from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue, Tahiti, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Aotearoa and all will offer food, dance, music and art.

Entry is free and the event will also showcase hiphop, soul and reggae music as well as traditional weaving workshops and demonstrations.

The Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development organisation is the main promoter of the annual Pasifika Festival.