Proceeds from this weekend’s Pasifika festival in New Zealand’s capital will go to the Samoa measles response fund. About 15,000 people attend the Wellington event each year and this year festival workshops are asking for donations to help Samoa recover from the measles epidemic.
In Samoa eighty-three people, mostly children, have died in the space of three months – with multiple fatalities a daily occurrence at the height of the epidemic. More than 1800 of the more than 5600 people infected were admitted to hospital.
Donated funds from Wellington’s Pasifika Festival will help the ongoing support New Zealand is providing to Samoa through medical aid and expertise.
The Wellington Pasifika Festival will take place at Odlins Plaza on the Wellington waterfront. The event bring together arts, culture, food, local knowledge and more. Those who attend can grab themselves a bit to eat, partake in family friendly activities and enjoy the works of traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.
The program kicks off with a blessing and welcome speech from Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito Tofae Su’a William Sio. From there the packed lineup includes such acts as Niue Culture Group, Tawa Methodist Church, Tautua Dance, a Pacific cuisine cook-off, Annie Crummer and much more.
Here’s the Program:
12 noon –
- Welcome speech by Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito Tofae Su’a William Sio
12.15pm – Akatokamanava Organisation of Wellington Incorporated
12.25pm – St Teresa Tongan Youth Choir
12.35pm – Kiribati St Joseph Community
12.45pm – Wainuiomata Samoan Methodist Church Youth Group
12.55pm – Tamaiti o le Laumua
1.05pm – Niue Culture Group
1.15pm – Porirua Methodist Church
1.25pm – Wellington Solomon Islands Community
1.35pm – Makatu’unga He’ofa Wellington Tongan Community
1.45pm – Tawa Methodist Church
1.55pm – Awerangi Thompson
2.05pm – Pacific Cuisine Cook Off Competition
2.25pm – Tautua Dance (Cook Islands)
2.35pm – Mafutaga Tagata Matutua Exercise Group
2.45pm – Tautua Dance (Samoa)
2.55pm – Le Moana
3.00pm – Wayne Laai
3.15pm – Youngsolwara Poneke Vogue
3.25pm – Kupega Affect
3.35pm – The Company NZ
3.45pm – Arialan
4.15pm – Annie Crummer
4.55pm – Ex Nihilo Gospel Band
5.35pm – Mercy Band featuring Starr
6.00pm – Festival Ends