Pupils enjoy Pasifika festival

16:00, Dec 17 2013
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Little fan: A toddler plays outside the hall while students get dressed to perform at the interschool Pasifika Festival.
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Lined up: Girls from Te Papapa School patiently await their turn on stage.
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Action ready: A boy from Onehunga Primary School is dressed and raring to go.
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Helping hand: Friends help friends get ready to dance on stage.
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Pacific blue: A youngster from Te Papapa School gets into the swing of things on stage.
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Shady trio: Some spectators have a cool way to keep sunsmart.
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Primary colours: Girls from Onehunga Primary School brighten up the day with their colourful costumes.
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Siva Samoa: Seven-year-old Fa’ati Tautele from Onehunga Primary School prepares to dance on stage with the Samoan group.
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Show stealer: This young man from Te Papapa School gave a stand out dance performance, to the crowd's delight.
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Fiafia focus: A group from Onehunga Primary School get ready to rock the stage.
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Music break: The band takes a pause from warming up to check out the action.
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Pacific pals: Three friends from Onehunga Primary School's Niuean dance group.

Four central Auckland schools have been getting together for the last four years to hold a large Pasifika Festival that recognises the hard work of students and families.

Royal Oak Intermediate hosted this year's event which drew the entire school population of Mangere Bridge School, Onehunga Primary School and Te Papapa School.

More than 1500 children along with their teachers and families gathered to take part in last Thursday's festival that included Samoan, Niuean and Maori cultural performances.

Mangere Bridge School principal Judy Hanna says the four schools initially banded together in 2009 for a government-funded programme that aimed to increase the achievement of Pacific children through the engagement of parents.

"As part of the project the four schools decided in 2010 to have a festival to celebrate the successes we had with our children," she says.

Over the years each school has had a chance to host the festival, meaning this year's is the last one.

But Ms Hanna says it may come back in a different format.

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