Northland Pasifika Fusion Festival 2020

The Northland Pasifika Fusion Festival is back again! For more information, click HERE.
A group of local Pasifika people got together in late 2014 in Whangarei to plan an event where they could showcase the Pacific Island and Maori cultures through performing arts, crafts and food.
The inaugural festival held on Sat, 21 March 2015 was the result with about 5000 people attending. The many Pacific Island community groups living in Northland shared their culture, their music, food and colourful costumes on that day. Their communities were also strengthened with regular meetings, practising of items and imbedding of their cultural values into their youth. Our over-arching goal is to enhance the cultural diversity of Northland for the social and economic benefits of the Pacific Islands communities throughout Northland.

Flow-on benefits include the fostering of cultural awareness, attracting more visitors and tourists to Whangarei through the hosting of an annual Pasifika festivals and other complementary events.
This event is growing considerably, with an attendance of 10,000 in 2017 and more to the associated events, the Pasifika Arts Exhibition and gigs at supporting venues.Ultimately it is our desire to encourage all cultures in Whangarei and Northland to learn and appreciate each other’s culture through the hosting of a collaborative event. This event is organised by Fale Pasifika, also known as the Northland Pacific Islands Charitable Trust, based in Whangarei.In the past, we have received sponsorship from Foundation North, Whangarei District Council, Creative Communities, Creative NZ, Southern Trust and Oxford Trust. If you or your organisation is interested in supporting this event, please contact us.

Applications Open – Pacific Business Trust Awards 2020

Applications are now open for the Pacific Business Trust Awards 2020. For more information, click HERE to be held on Saturday 22 May 2020 at the Vodafone Event Center.

Categories include:

  • Pacific Business Enterprise: The Pacific Business Enterprise category recognises a business that demonstrates innovation, strategic thinking and a track record of sustainable growth.
  • Pacific Social Enterprise: The Pacific Social Enterprise category recognises Pacific organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a community benefit, such as reinvesting profits back into the community.
  • Pacific Innovation: The Pacific Innovation category recognises an innovative business that has delivered a positive outcome, whether it is tangible value, creation of a new market or a competitive advantage. Successful businesses will demonstrate that the actions required to deliver this innovation value are new.
  • Pacific Women in Business: The Pacific Woman in Business category recognises successful Pacific women who own their own business. Eligible entrants must own at least 50% of their business.
  • Pacific Youth Entrepreneurship: The Pacific Youth Entrepreneurship category recognises Pacific young people between the ages of 18 to 24 who successfully run their own business. Eligible entrants must own at least 50% of their business.
  • Pacific Business Entrepreneur: The Pacific Business Entrepreneur category recognises Pacific entrepreneurs who own their own business. Eligible entrants must own at least 50% of their business.
  • Pacific Legacy Award: Legacy award acknowledges Pacific business leaders and Pacific businesses that have consistently been successful in their business.

Call for Applications: Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2020

Applications are now open for young leaders who are passionate about improving their communities, countries and the Pacific region! If you’re between the ages of 25 – 35, apply today to attend the Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Papua New Guinea from 21 – 24 April 2020. Apply by 3rd February HERE.

The United States Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is now accepting applications from emerging leaders across the Pacific to attend the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference in Papua New Guinea in April.

The seventh Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, will enhance Pacific leaders’, ages 25-35, leadership skills and regional knowledge to advance the economic vibrancy and civic engagement within the region. The YPL Conference will include informational sessions, skills workshops, cultural activities, and site visits to deepen participants’ capacity to address regional issues related to YPL’s four programmatic themes: Education; Environment and Resource Management; Civic Leadership; and Economic and Social Development.

Applicants will be selected from across the independent Pacific states, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pacific French Territories, and the American-affiliated Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii). Outstanding alumni of previous conferences are also invited to apply to participate in the 2020 YPL Conference as alumni mentors. All applications are due by February 3, 2020 and can be completed online.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Cultural Vistas at YPL@culturalvistas.org for any questions about the conference, or to request a fillable PDF version of application if needed. Participants will be required to attend the full conference program (April 21 – 24, 2020, not including travel days). All travel, lodging and meals will be provided to selected participants and alumni.

At the conclusion of the YPL Conference, all YPL alumni will be eligible to compete for small grant funding to support projects in their countries and the region. In addition, conference participants and the larger YPL community will participate in YPL LEADS throughout the month of May, a month-long event highlighting the YPL program through service-related activities in their communities.

IT’S BACK! Na’au Night 2020

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Join us for a chill evening with good company, good food and chill vibes.

Date: Friday 17th January

Time: 4.00pm – 8.30pm

Address: 287 Kirkbride Road, Mangere.