Charity wishes for donations
Thousands of leis handed out during this year's Pasifika Festival will help make hundreds of children's wishes come true.
More than 25,000 plastic flower leis will be exchanged for gold coin donations on March 8 and 9 with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish New Zealand.
The charity grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Pasifika will be held at Western Springs where park grounds will be turned into 11 traditional Pacific Island villages showcasing music, dance, crafts and food.
Hawaii will be represented for the first time, alongside Aotearoa, Samoa, Tuvalu, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Niue and Kiribati.
The event is organised by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and is partly sponsored by Fairfax Media, owner of the Western Leader.
It is the second year Make-A-Wish has been a charity partner.
"Make-A-Wish grants over 200 wishes a year in New Zealand and relies heavily on the donations generated through our various fundraising channels," spokeswoman Olivia Yule says.
"Pasifika is an opportunity not only to raise funds but to get out into some of the communities we serve and share our magical wish stories."
Go to aucklandnz.com/pasifika for festival details.
Go to makeawish.org.nz or text WISH to 5338 to make a $3 donation to Make-A-Wish.