Pacific women pull out all stops

Ascot Community School cultural group members, from left, Ella Chapman, 6, Emily Hansen, 10 and Rico Wairau-Taetuli, 6, practise for the P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A annual meeting and conference this weekend.
Ascot Community School cultural group members, from left, Ella Chapman, 6, Emily Hansen, 10 and Rico Wairau-Taetuli, 6, practise for the P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A annual meeting and conference this weekend.

About 30 students, aged between five and 11, will present six performances at the P.A.C.I. F.I.C.A ‘Today for Tomorrow - Carrying the Mantle Forward' nationwide annual meeting at the Ascot Park Hotel this weekend.

The student group, which formed in August last year, was enjoying learning more about the culture and students were excited to perform at the meeting.

P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Invercargill branch spokeswoman Lyn Devery said the school's performance would showcase the strong Pacific Islands representation in schools.

It was wonderful to have the children involved, she said.

The conference, which was last held in Invercargill in 2002, was about celebrating being together as Pacific women and honouring one another.

Ms Devery said the organisation was founded in the 1970s and aimed to help and support Pacific women. There were 28 members in Invercargill and 11 youth.

More than 80 women will attend the meeting, which will run from today till Sunday.

The Southland Times