Celebrating Pasifika

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 14:02 11/02/2013
Levin Pasifika festival

Specifically Pacific: Performers during last year’s Pasifika Celebration Day.

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The sights and sounds of the Pacific Islands will fill the Levin Adventure Park at the annual Pasifika Celebration Day on Saturday.

This year’s line-up includes Samoan, Tongan, Tuvalu and Rarotongan cultural performances.

Event co-ordinator Sue Hori Te Pa said the event will feature traditional and contemporary items by performers of all ages and there will also be arts and crafts stalls and information booths on site.

‘‘The aim of the event is for the community to come together to celebrate the many Pasifika cultures within our community.’’

Mrs Hori Te Pa said it will showcase local talent, such as The Cargill Boys who recently auditioned for and won a place in TV3’s iX Factor NZ heats, as well as promote Fale Pasifika Horowhenua.

Chairman Rob Fifita-Tovo said the group of volunteers shared the goal to promote and preserve Pasifika cultures and work towards achieving better life outcomes for Pasifika people.

‘I encourage the community to come along to this free event, sample some traditional island cuisine and take in the sounds of the islands,’’ he said.

The Pasifika Celebration Day is this Saturday from 11am. Free parking is available off Durham St and on the St Joseph’s School fields.

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