See you at Pasifika Festival this weekend
We are looking forward to the vibrant must-attend Pasifika Festival taking place this weekend at Mt Smart Stadium - Saturday, 10 April (10am-8pm) and Sunday, 11 April, (10am-4pm).
Thousands are expected at the two-day festival that celebrates the Pacific cultures of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with music, dance, arts, demonstrations, storytelling and stalls with food and crafts.
Meet Our PBT Team at Hub 2
While you’re there make sure to come by and meet the PBT team who will be sharing top business tips from our free workshops - swing by to enjoy a cuppa and rest your feet for a few minutes. Our tent is located in the Athletics Arena, Hub 2 near the Fale Pasifika and Samoan Village.
Make sure to enter your business into our special Pasifika Festival promotion and go in the draw to win a brand new iPad. You’ll find the QR code to enter in our tent or pick up a flyer with all the details or visit: https://qrco.de/bc3OpR.
We are so pleased to have welcomed into the PBT network 60+ of the Pasifika Festival stallholders who through our special site funding fee initiative are attending this year. Each of these talented stallholders have met with our business advisors and tailored plans have been created to meet their goals and strengthen their business journey.
Here’s more of a guide on what to expect this year at the Festival:
Eight villages will be set up with nine Pacific Island nations represented this year. Seven of the eight villages will feature the Pacific nations of Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu. Each village has a performance stage where cultural groups will perform traditional and contemporary dances. Market stalls selling signature dishes, arts and crafts unique to each culture will also be set up in each village.
The eighth village, new to the festival this year, is the Fale Pasifika Village that will host the islands of Hawai’i and Kiribati alongside a jam-packed line-up of live acts and performances.
On Saturday afternoon, the Pacific youth choir and orchestra, Sistema Aotearoa, will take to the Fale Pasifika Village stage along with Pacific dance group, Ura Tabu. Sunday’s Fale Pasifika Village line-up includes New Zealand singer songwriter Seth Haapu and Lavina Williams, a musical artist and winner of the 2017 Benny Award ‘Pacific Entertainment Award for Top Female Vocalist’.
The final act to take to the Fale Pasifika Village on Sunday 11 April is the legendary George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso. His fusion of reggae, hip-hop and R&B has garnered him a huge international following and he is widely considered a pioneer of the Pacific Island sound.
Food Pasifika is the perfect way to take a culinary tour of the Pacific. Transport your taste buds to the tropics and check out the dozens of food stalls. Sample super-fresh seafood, or pre-prepared hāngī or umu washed down with a tropical banana smoothie or the refreshing Tongan watermelon drink, otai. Don’t forget to make room for dessert as there will plenty of sweet treats on offer.
With thousands of people expected to attend Pasifika the area around Mt Smart Stadium will be busy. Plan your trip to the festival by using the Auckland Transport Journey Planner. The nearest train station to Mt Smart is Penrose, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium. Face coverings are mandatory on public transport.
A free park and ride service between Waikaraka Park and Mt Smart Stadium will be operating on both festival days. No bookings are required with shuttles running on a 30-minute schedule from 10am until the festival closes. Face coverings will be required on the shuttles. There is no on-site parking at the stadium with limited parking on the surrounding streets. Local businesses will open premises for parking for a small fee. Beasley Ave will be closed.
For transport options visit: Transport & accessibility | Aucklandnz.com
See all details on the villages and timing visit: Pasifika Festival | Aucklandnz.com
Have a great weekend and we hope to see you at Pasifika Festival!
The PBT Team www.pacificbusiness.co.nz
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