Auckland’s iconic Pasifika Festival returns for its 26th year, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March, at Western Springs.
This free, family-friendly event celebrates the diverse cultures of Auckland’s Pacific whanau.
There are 11 villages, each representing a different Pacific Island culture, with delicious authentic foods, arts and crafts stalls and demonstrations, traditional and contemporary Pacific Island music and performances.
Pack a picnic rug and some sunscreen, and experience Auckland’s rich Pacific culture and heritage.
Try Hawaii’s smoky barbecue, the Samoan delicacy palusami (best eaten with a nice piece of baked taro), or sample Tuvaluan kaleve - a drink made from coconut sap.
Get Māori nail art at the Aotearoa village, check out traditional Fijian costumes and accessories, see how artisans from Tokelau use time-honoured techniques to create fishing lures from shells, and enjoy dancing and drumming from around the Pacific.