It’s a big month for Pacific arts and culture in New Zealand, and organisers say there’s growing international interest.
Over 90,000 packed into Western Springs for the Pasifika Festival last weekend, and this week Auckland is hosting the Pacific Arts International Symposium, which is attracting artists and researchers from across the globe, and the annual ASB Polyfest in Manukau this weekend on 16-19 March where 9,000 students will perform in the biggest Maori and Pacific Island dance festival or its type in the world.
Nearly 65 percent of New Zealanders who identify with a Pacific ethnicity live in the Auckland region.
By 2026 it is projected that Pacific Peoples will make up 10 percent of the country’s population, compared to 7.4 percent in 2013.
Check out the ASB Polyfest promo with five generations of the Tusini family
Photo: Rhonda Albom