#Kapa Haka group to launch Pasifika Festival

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Western Springs College kapa haka group will open the biggest celebration of Pacific culture in Auckland on 9 March at Western Springs Park.

ATEED Event Producer Ole Maiava says it will be an exciting start to the Festival.

The kapa haka group won the Maori stage at last years ASB Polyfest. They will bring a lot of energy to the stage, and set the tone for the rest of the Concert as well as for the next day.

Western Springs Park will be transformed by Pasifika Festival Day on Saturday 10 March. Ten villages from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue, Tahiti, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Aotearoa will offer food, dance, music and art.

Over the next ten days we will profile a different village as we count down to the celebrations. Today it is all about Aotearoa, says Mr. Maiava.

On stage at the Aotearoa village on Saturday 10 March will be performances by:

  • Pioneers of Maori hip hop Upper Hutt Posse
  • Soul singer Nat Rose
  • Hip hop / ragga and dance hall queen MC Silva
  • Bands Unknown Peace, Jay Okesene and Freeday
  • Reggae sounds Soulsista Aotearoa

There will also be workshop demonstrations by Jerome Cashill, an expert in traditional Maori music (taonga puoro).

Weavers will hold traditional and contemporary weaving workshops and demonstrations on making putiputi (flower) and manu (bird) to showcase the 2012 Festival themes of the gardenia and noddy tern. If you are hungry the best M?ori kai stalls will satisfy, including an earth-cooked hangi.

Lock it in your calendar and be part of Pasifika Festival 2012.

Important Details

  • Interviews available with Jerome Cashill Mako and performers.
  • Friday 9 March, 7pm 9pm, the Pasifika Festival Opening Night Concert will feature performances from 10 different cultures and guest artists.
  • Saturday 10 March, 10am 5pm, Pasifika Festival Day will see the park transformed into 10 villages from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue, Tahiti, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Aotearoa. Each village will offer food, art, dance and music.
  • Entry is FREE, and for the first time the park will be fenced with six entrances located on Great North Road (x2), Motions Road, Stadium Rd, and near Western Springs Stadium and Auckland Zoo.
  • Visit: http://www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika for more information.

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