Message from Chief Executive of K'aute Pasifica Trust
Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste, Kia orana, Taloha ni, Kia orana, Faakaalofa lahi atu, 'Alii Malo ni, Halo Olaketa, Mauir, Aloha mai e, Kia ora and warm Pacific Greetings. Welcome to 2021! This year is one of opportunities. We are excited to begin building our Pan Pacific Community Hub, our services continue to expand and we look forward to celebrating all things Pacific at our Nesian Festival. Nesian Festival 27 March 2021 The Nesian festival is a free family-friendly event for everyone to enjoy. This year we will create an interactive and engaging experience celebrating all things Pacific. We have a few surprises in store! In delivering the Nesian Festival, we are delighted to partner with the University of Waikato. For the first time, the festival will be held at the University of Waikato sportsground. As the festival has grown, there was a need for increased parking space and much better traffic flow for the community. We are grateful to our funders: major sponsor Pragma Homes, alongside Hamilton City Council, Trust Waikato, the Lion Foundation and Len Reynolds Trust. Thank you also to our partners: Gilmours Hamilton, Freshchoice Te Awamutu, Civtec, UltraFast Fibre, Silver Service and Food Truck events. For more information about the Nesian Festival, please visit our facebook page or contact Talei Namua 022 0313 808. Pan Pacific Community Hub In December 2020, thanks to your support and our community we celebrated the Pan Pacific Community Hub project with a symbolic handing over of a Mauri stone from Mana Whenua to the Pacific community. A formal blessing and ground breaking ceremony will occur in the near future. Plans for the building of the Hub are now well underway and we are looking forward to hosting our partners, stakeholders and broader community at an opening event in early 2021. Covid-19 - be vigilant
The covid-19 community cases in Auckland and change in Alert levels - with Auckland now in Alert level 3 and the rest of the country in Alert level 2, remind us about the need for continued vigilance around hygiene, use of sanitizer and the covid-19 tracing app. For more information about the Waikato, visit the following websites.
Details of all testing facilities in the Waikato.
Latest COVID-19 information including understanding what Level 2 looks like.
Stay home if you’re feeling unwell and get advice from Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Please remember: the only people who need to get tested are those who have symptoms of covid-19.
Ia manuia, Rachel Karalus
Nesian Festival - save the date now!
The Nesian Festival will be held on Saturday 27 March 2021, at the University of Waikato sportsgrounds. The festival celebrates and showcases the diversity of our Pacific cultures. A free fun-filled day for families and children to enjoy, something for everyone including:
Talented Pacific artists and performers
Delicious Pacific food from across Oceania
Interactive workshops including engaging activities for children.
This year will be bigger and better and watch this space as we have a few surprised in store! We are grateful to our funders and partners for their support.
Do you want to perform centre stage at the Nesian Festival?
We are looking for talented Pacific perfomers. If you are an individual or performance group, traditional or contemporary, we want to hear from you! Individuals and groups of all ages welcome to apply. Spaces limited. Deadline for applications close 26 February 2021. Contact Sabeena Kapur 022 023 8843.
Calling all food enthusiasts and talented craft artists?
Are you a Pacific food expert, or a talented Pacific craft artist? We want to hear from you! Limited places available – register your interest now! Deadline for applications 23 February 2021. Contact Talei Namua 0210313 808.