Nine secondary schools gathered to celebrate Pacific culture and community through Pacific performances of song and dance for the Tu Tangata Wellington secondary schools Polynesian festival. The night took place on July 25th at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington and the event had an outstanding turn out with an audience of over 2000 filling the venue.
“We need you to do well.” The Minister for Pacific People Alfred Ngaro said as he made an opening address at the festival. “You will become our doctors, our lawyers, our accountants. You become our builders, our plumbers, our trades people. You become our funny people, our entertainers. You become all of those things that are important to us because you are the future of our country.”
He continued encouraging youth by saying “In order for you to be successful, never forget your faith or the that values that you have. Never forget your family because that is what makes us and binds us together”
The event is organised through a student based Tu Tangata Komiti where representatives from each school come together and participate in the production and management of the event. This provides a platform for students, enabling them to develop their leadership skills – something which Pasifika Futures believes in important for our Pacific Youth.
The Tu Tangata Komiti state that one of their aims and objectives is to “Raise Pacific student educational achievement and strengthen Pacific heritage, languages and culture through performance.”
As part of the festival, the Tu Tangata Komiti also presented the opportunity for one student from each participating school to receive a $500 scholarship award towards tertiary studies. These awards were given to those who demonstrated outstanding leadership over the course of the festival.
As an event sponsor, Pasifika Futures is proud to contribute towards such a successful event and it was an honour for Pasifika Futures’ Wellington and Midlands Engagement Manager John Natua to present awards to recipients on the night.
Check out our friends from Tagata Pasifika’s coverage of the event here:
For more information please contact Haley Crooks – Pasifika Futures Communications on 021 809 303 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org