Taste of Pasifika takes the best of the Pasifika Festival and adds an authentic Pacific twist with events happening at venues across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland for three weekends this June.
Join our Pasifika communities at The Cloud on Queens Wharf, Vodafone Events Centre, Mt Smart Stadium and Auckland Zoo to sing, dance, laugh and learn as the cultures of 10 Pacific nations are celebrated and shared in a generous environment of whānau and festivity.
From food to performance, art, fashion, sport, and wellbeing, Taste of Pasifika showcases and applauds the unique influence and identity of the peoples whose histories, knowledge, creativity, and leadership have contributed to the unmistakable richness of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Taste of Pasifika 2022 promises a winter warm-up like no other when it kicks off this Queen’s Birthday weekend in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Pasifika Festival is one of the longest standing cultural festivals in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and in 2022 it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Reimagined for the current Covid-19 environment as Taste of Pasifika, this year the festival features Pasifika Festival favourites and highlights alongside new hybrid events taking place at various Auckland locations.
The Pasifika Festival concept was launched in the early 1990s, when then NZ Herald Pacific Affairs reporter Roy Vaughan worked with community leaders to bring together different Pacific communities, churches, and cultures around an idea of a ‘South Pacific Week’.
Over the years, Pasifika has featured fashion shows, theatre performances, a pop opera, and sports competitions, with input and inspiration from numerous Pacific Island leaders, performers, and community groups.
In 1998, the village concept was introduced to celebrate the diversity within the Pacific, and to reflect the cultural integrity and community connections of the event.
Traditionally Pasifika hosts up to 11 Pacific Island nations in eight villages, each with a performance stage and market, to show the diversity of the Pacific cultures represented. In 2022, the villages represent Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai’i, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Tuvalu.
Thousands of hours of planning and preparation go into Pasifika each year. While the festival has gone ahead without a hitch over the past three decades, there have been times when it has been unable to proceed.
It was called off in 2019 after the Christchurch Mosque shootings, and then in 2020 due to Covid-19. The 2021 event was also postponed and moved to a different venue, Mt Smart Stadium, after Auckland went to Covid Alert Level 3.
And in 2022 a change in Covid-19 Protection Framework settings saw the Western Springs event cancelled.
The annual festival typically attracts around 60,000 visitors over the two days and features over 2,000 performers and more than 110 food and craft stalls.