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Pasifika festival to pack double the punch in 2013

Pasifika festival to pack double the punch in 2013
Auckland's beloved Pasifika festival will be bigger and better in 2013.

Auckland’s Pasifika Festival is to expand to a two day event next year.  

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) organises the annual event and made the announcement today. 

An increased emphasis will also be placed on the tradition and authenticity in the festival villages. With all-new Pan-Pacific areas to be introduced.

Mayor Len Brown says Pasifika is already one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere in the Pacific.

“Pasifika is consistently rated as one of the most popular and important events on Auckland’s major events calendar, but it has the potential to keep growing into something even more special,” he says.

“Pasifika is one of the things that makes Auckland unique and the 2013 event will give people a better than ever authentic Pacific experience.”

Festival villages represent 10 Pacific nations – Cooks Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Aoteoroa.

ATEED acting general manager of destination Jennah Wootten says the changes aim to enhance the event.

“The introduction of the Pan Pacific areas will allow us to focus on a more traditional and authentic experience in the villages.”

Pasifika will run on the weekend of March 9 and 10 at Western Springs, from 10am to 5pm each day.

Applications for stalls are open until October 19. ATEED is very keen to hear from anyone interested, Wootten says.

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