Village Coordinator – Mina Leolahi
What are your village’s music highlights?
Hear from a number of youth groups and performers like Icey Blue, Nathan Palalagi, Vincent Niutama and Tyree Tautogia, while the local groups of more mature members of the community will present traditional experiences with their songs and dances.
What are some must see activities?
Some of the best activities are the traditional weaving in the fale and the demonstrations and traditional Niue cooking by a guest travelling all the way from Niue – Miss Henrietta Makatogia (on both days). The Sunday stage will be faith-based activities such as choir performances.
What’s a ‘must-try’ dish?
Niue umu is the best – on Saturday and Sunday you can taste delicacies like polo fua baked with fish, pork or chicken. Another favourite is the takihi made of sliced taro, pawpaw wrapped and baked with coconut cream. Try traditionally made side dishes like nane (meshed and boiled green coconut flesh).
What’s a little-known fact about your country or Pasifika village?
Niue is the largest up-raised coral island in the world, and is very safe with rising sea levels as it ranges from 50 to 100 metres above sea level. It is often referred to as the 'Rock of Polynesia' so it’s a safe haven.
What else can you tell us about the village?
The choir group named MUMT that won the last Pacific Music Award for the best gospel song will be singing on both days.
When did you join Pasifika?
Niue has been a dedicated member of Pasifika Festival since before the separate villages were set up, and I have been Village Coordinator for over 10 years.
What does the community think about Pasifika?
Niue is the best and the Pasifika Festival is the best, where people and cultures from many Pacific nations come together with each other and with Māori.
Any last words?
Come and experience the best prepared and cooked Niue food. Enjoy the delicious food and drinks while watching the variety of performances on stage on both days.