As a nation of the South Pacific, it’s important that Pasifika people in Aotearoa have access to their languages, cultural artforms and other aspects of Pasifika culture. We are supporting the Pasifika community in New Zealand to connect with one another and their heritage with the following initiatives.

Pasifika Festivals Initiative

Pasifika festivals and polyfests in Aotearoa are a vibrant celebration of our Pasifika culture and heritage. More than 200,000 festival participants were directly impacted by cancellations in 2020 to COVID-19. This  added to already existing financial pressures for many Pasifika festivals.

The initiative provides $12 million of funding over three years to Pasifika festivals.

Funding will be delivered through four waves - Tasi, Lua, Tolu and Fa. Tasi was designed to support the immediate financial needs of Pasifika festivals and stabilitise their short-term viability to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The next waves will allow festivals to build capability and resilience for the long-term.

Fund administration and development

This initiative is administered by Creative New Zealand. Development and co-design are in collaboration with Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, and includes talanoa, fono and engagement with leadership from the Pasifika Festivals community. The Pacific Business Trust, as the Pasifika economic development agency will support eligible Pasifika festivals.

This joint approach is based on Kaupapa Pasifika and Teu Le Va cultural concepts.

Latest update

  • Tasi Wave has now closed.
  • Four Pasifika festivals were supported through Tasi Wave. See Creative New Zealand for details of the recipients.
  • Lua, Tolu and Fa Waves are in design and will open from 2021.

Establishment of a New Zealand Fale Malae

Building a Fale Malae in Wellington has the potential to be a powerful symbol of our shared heritage and identity, both within New Zealand and with our kin and closest neighbours in our Pacific region.

$10 million through Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage will support the establishment of a New Zealand Fale Malae, with the first step being to progress detailed planning and consent work at a location in the Wellington CBD. The estimated cost of the Fale Malae is expected to be met through a shared funding arrangement between the Crown, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington and community fundraising.

Latest update

This project is a partnership between the government, Fale Malae Trust, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington City Council and community groups. At this early stage, there is no estimated date for the establishment of the Fale. This information will be updated as further progress is made.

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Updated on 28th January 2021