7 Mar 2008

World's largest Pasifika festival kicks off tonight with musical extravaganza

4:01 pm on 7 March 2008

The world's largest annual Pasifika festival gets underway in Auckland tonight with a muscial extravaganza which will feature three original members of the band Herbs.

Herbs produced a stream of Pacific reggae hits during the 1980s and 1990s, performing alongside the likes of international stars UB40, Tina Turner, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder.

The concert is a prelude for festival day tomorrow which will see in excess of 200-thousand people enjoying all day entertainment on two stages.

Meanwhile festival director Ole Maiava says hosting such a huge crowd takes careful planning, and he believes they've covered the basis.

"We have about 230 toilets we have over 350 stall holders, that's not including commercial stall holders and that we have ten stages one in each village, plus three major stages so we're looking at about 13 stages going down"

Traditional Pacific foods, crafts, art, and interactive activities in 10 cultural villages is also available for the one day festival.