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The Pacific Festivals of Aotearoa New ZealandNegotiating Place and Identity in a New Homeland$
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Jared Mackley-Crump

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838713

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838713.001.0001

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Contextualizing the Ethnographic Space

Contextualizing the Ethnographic Space

(p.64) Chapter 3 Contextualizing the Ethnographic Space
The Pacific Festivals of Aotearoa New Zealand

Jared Mackley-Crump

University of Hawai'i Press

The Pasifika Festival began in 1993 and is now celebrated as the biggest event of its kind in the world, incorporating ten villages, hundreds of stalls, twelve stages, and over 100,000 annual visitors. It is held on the second weekend of every March at Auckland’s sprawling Western Springs park. The Wellington City Council initiated its own festival—the Positively Pasifika Festival—in 2008, named after its successful and long-running “Absolutely Positively” slogan. This chapter presents histories of these two festivals. As a more recently-initiated event, the story of Wellington’s Positively Pasifika is shorter but allows for an exploration of teething problems experienced in its early years. By contrast the colossal size of Auckland’s Pasifika calls for a focus on how it came to be, followed by the major developments as recounted by those most centrally involved in its organization.

Keywords:   Festivalization, Pasifika festival, Auckland, Western Springs, Wellington, teething problems, histories

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