Wellington Pasifika celebrates the region’s Pacific population
Whether you go for the music, food, art or vibrant atmosphere, Wellington’s Pasifika Festival on January 20 will set your senses alight.
FIJI from Hawaii is headlining the festival, while a Pacific cuisine cook-off competition is one of the activities to keep the crowds entertained.
First staged in 2005, the festival is typically well-attended, attracting over 15,000 people who gather to see musical and cultural performances and buy Pacific products, handicrafts and food from the 32 stalls.
Festival Events Co-ordinator Suzanne Tamaki says due to a large number of Pacific people living in Wellington, and its surrounds, it is important to bring them all together to celebrate the many cultures of the Pacific region.
This year’s event has had a few changes made to it, including a venue shift.
“It has moved to Odlins Plaza and the stage will be by the lagoon,” Suzanne explains.
“There are also a couple of screens showing the performances and details of the beautiful costumes.”
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) will have a presence at Wellington Pasifika Festival, sharing a stall with the Commission for Financial Capability.