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Pasifika Festival

Updated: 2016-05-23T12:57Z
Dancers at the Cook Islands stage, 2010

The Pasifika Festival (also known as Pasifika) is a Pacific Islands-themed festival held annually in Western Springs, Auckland City, New Zealand. Celebrated since 1993, it is the largest festival of its type in the world, and attracts over 225,000 visitors every year.[1]

The festival presents a wide variety of cultural experiences, including traditional cuisine and performances from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Tangata Whenua (New Zealand Maori).

Pasifika Festival 2014 will have 11 unique villages showcasing the cultures of 11 Pacific Island nations – Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Aotearoa. [2]

In 2015, the festival was moved to Hayman Park in Manukau after the discovery of Queensland fruit flies in the Grey Lynn area near Western Springs.[3]

Niuean dancers at the Pasifika Festival (2002).


  1. ^ Tapaleao, Vaimoana (8 March 2008). "Thousands attend Pasifika". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Pasifika Festival 2014 website |
  3. ^ "Fruit fly war: Pasifika festival forced to move". The New Zealand Herald. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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