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Festival to be huge

Last updated 07:54 18/10/2012
Pasifika
JASON OXENHAM

Festival partners: At the Auckland War Memorial Museum Pacific Lifeways Gallery are, from left: ATEED acting general manager destination Jennah Wootten, Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny and Auckland Council deputy mayor Penny Hulse.

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It's going to be bigger and better than ever before.

That's why Suburban Newspapers is proud to lend its support.

The two-day Pasifika Festival will be held at Western Springs on March 9 and 10, 2013.

Stallholders from across the greater region are lining up to get involved and the site will be home to a series of villages offering attendees an inside glimpse of life within 10 different cultures.

Suburban Newspapers, publisher of the Manukau Courier and a member of the Fairfax Media Mighty A Network, has joined forces with festival organiser Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development as the major print sponsor.

And its charity arm - the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust - will be fundraising throughout the exercise to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Proceeds will help the foundation realise the dreams of children living in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands who have life-threatening conditions.

"Many of these Pacific Island children have strong family links back here in New Zealand and are as much a part of our community as the locally based youngsters who also stand to benefit from our efforts," Suburban Newspapers general manager and trust chairman David Penny says.

"We are all Pacific people at the end of the day and united we can make a difference and help bring some happiness into the lives of all these children."

ATEED acting general manager destination Jennah Wootten says one of the festival's objectives is to engage all Aucklanders and Suburban Newspapers will help achieve that goal.

“We are looking forward to working with Suburban Newspapers to help grow the Pasifika Festival and we believe it is a great fit for the event,” she says.

The festival started life at Western Springs in 1992 and introduced the village concept in 1998.

Today it sits alongside the Lantern Festival and Diwali Festival of Lights as one of the key social fixtures in Auckland's major events portfolio.

Applications for Pasifika stallholders are open until October 19.

Go to aucklandnz.com/pasifika for more information.

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- Manukau Courier

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