A huge burst of tropical colour, music and flavour will fill Mahurangi College auditorium on Saturday, November 23 for the annual Warkworth Pasifika Festival cultural celebrations.
Groups of singers and dancers in traditional dress from islands including Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu will join local Maori performing on stage from 3pm to 8pm.
The show will open with performances by kapa haka and Pasifika groups from Warkworth Primary School, and there will be a roast pork and ham dinner once all the groups have performed.
The Pasifika Festival was begun in 2010 by the Mahu Vision Community Trust with the aim of allowing local migrant groups to sustain their cultural music and dance, and to share it with the local community.
Trust member Neville Johnson says that the future aim is for the Pasifika community to take greater ownership of the festival. This year, they have the help of third year social work student Rae Bainteiti, who is studying at Massey University on a Kiribati government scholarship.
The trust is hoping that Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio may attend this year’s Warkworth Pasifika.
Entry costs $5 for adults, all welcome.