A new festival to celebrate the different Pasifika cultures within South Canterbury will be held this Friday, replacing the former Pasifika Day.
“We wanted this to happen so that kids and families could have something, we want them to feel celebrated.
“We’re a small town, but our Pasifika population is getting big,” organiser Sange Malama-Tuisaula said.
Malama-Tuisaula and Amy Logavatu co-founded the Aoraki Pasifika group and are behind the new Pasifika О̄ Aoraki Festival.
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In previous years, Pasifika Day has been held at Timaru Christian School and twice at Timaru South School, but it had outgrown these locations.
“It was so big, we made the call to move it to a bigger venue and open it to everybody.
“It’s a way for wider community and learn about Pasifika culture,” she said.
Malama-Tuisaula grew up in Timaru, and said when she was in school there were no cultural celebrations of this kind.
“There was nothing here for me or my siblings.
“It’s amazing, the Pasifika population has grown so much.”
The festival would open with a ceremony at Ara gymnasium at 9.30am and would include speeches and a performance.
Attendees would then break off into groups to learn about the cultures of the Pacific Islands of
Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati.
This event is a collaboration between Aoraki Pasifika, Multicultural Aoraki and the wider Pasifika community and would include a lunch and showcase of groups performing dances in the afternoon.
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