APIBC NEWS : 15th Mar 2016

A Successful Pasifika Week: the world’s largest Polynesian festival in Auckland

March 12th – 13th was Pasifika week in Auckland

— By Pacific Islands Trade & Invest

Billed as the world’s largest Polynesian festival showcasing its culture, food, music and merchandise, this year the event returned to the city’s picturesque and popular Western Springs venue. As in previous years, there was hundreds of stalls and booths selling and displaying all things Pasifika.

APIBC member Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) NZ is helped 21 companies from 4 island countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga – exhibit their wares at the festival. Six are from Tonga and five each from Fiji, PNG and Samoa.

The participation of the four countries at Pasifika and meetings with potential buyers after the event was the culmination of PT&I’s delivery of the Path to Market Programme for exporters and export-ready businesses in each of these countries in 2015.

An added bonus to participants this year was the presence of PT&I Trade Commissioners from Australia, China, Japan and New Zealand besides senior officials from Switzerland and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Fiji, who were all in Auckland for their annual conference. The Trade Commissioners and officials spent a day interacting with the participants at the festival venue.

“This is a great opportunity for our team of Trade Commissioners to see Auckland as the hub for Pacific activity, visiting as they are during Pasifika Week,” PT&I NZ Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade said.

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