ATEED Cocks Up Again. Decides to Move Pasifika Back to Western Springs

ATEED Balls Up Something Else – Again

Earlier this year Pasifika was moved to Manukau City Centre’s Hayman Park after Western Springs was ruled out due to the Queensland Fruit Fly issue at the time.

Given the short notice and ATEED failing to coordinate with Auckland Transport for suitable public transport arrangements for this year’s Pasifika the festival despite lower numbers did well.

But now we have this from ATEED earlier today:

Pasifika returns to Western Springs in 2016

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015 – 13:25

The world’s largest celebration of Pacific Island culture, Pasifika, will return to Western Springs Park in 2016.

The 2015 festival was moved from Western Springs Park to Hayman Park at short notice, due to Western Springs Park being in the Queensland fruit fly exclusion zone established by the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) recommended to Auckland Council’s Arts, Culture and Events Committee today that the Pasifika Festival return to Western Springs Park in 2016.

“Our recommendation for the festival to return to Western Springs Park is based on feedback from the Pacific Island community via the Pacific People’s Advisory Panel and the Pasifika Village Coordinators,” says ATEED Manager – Communications and Media, Charmaine Ngarimu.

“The feedback highlighted Western Springs as providing better exposure of Pasifika culture to a wider audience, better site layout and better stall sales.”

ATEED has also been working closely with Otāra-Papaptoetoe Local Board Chair Fa’anana Efeso Collins, who had advocated for the festival to remain in south Auckland and who has been facilitating feedback from the Pacific Island community about the festival venue and direction.

“Obviously I would have liked to see Pasifika stay in the south,” says Fa’anana Efeso Collins, “but now I am focused on working with the Pacific Island community to have input into the direction of the festival, and I look forward to being involved, on behalf of the community, in the long-term future of Pasifika”.

ATEED remains in ongoing contact with the Pacific Island community via the Pacific People’s Advisory Panel, the Pasifika Village Coordinators, and Fa’anana Efeso Collins regarding the ongoing development and long-term future of the Pasifika festival.

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Source: http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/pasifika-returns-western-springs-2016/5/227080

Right so ATEED is going to move Pasifika from a place (Manukau) that is in the city centre and heart of South Auckland, that is home to the largest Polynesian population in the City, that the location is smack bang in the middle of their core demographic, and can be accessed by train, bus or car to a place that is only accessible by car in the middle of suburbia with a roading system currently disrupted owing to the North Western Motorway roadworks.

Slow clap ATEED for ballsing something up yet again.

Pasifika being held in Manukau – South Auckland would have fulfilled the Southern Initiative goal of “An Outstanding International Gateway and Destination Area”  through having the largest Polynesian festival in the Pacific in the heart of the South Auckland where the largest concentration of Pacific Peoples lives.

But no back to Western Springs we go. Pity as I was looking forward to going back to Pasifika in Manukau next year. I wont be going to it in Western Springs as it is inaccessible by public transport.

That said South Auckland is big enough now to hold its own Pasifika festival on its own.

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4 thoughts on “ATEED Cocks Up Again. Decides to Move Pasifika Back to Western Springs

  1. I hear what you’ve saying but Wed tern Springs is the home of Pasifika. I’ve been going for yonks. It was moved temporarily because of fruit fly rather than cancelling it.

  2. “Given the short notice and ATEED failing to coordinate with Auckland Transport for suitable public transport arrangements for this year’s Pasifika the festival despite lower numbers did well.” That’s pretty much it in a nutshell Ben.
    Their own failings are the root cause! The feedback that I’ve had is completely at odds with ATEED too. South Auckland wants it and with a better plan from ATEED there’s no reason why it can’t grow as big as the Springs. Public Transport and ‘gouging’ by the event managers were the only complaints I heard. That’s the reason there was less participation, the high prices charged for stalls. Many prominent groups cited that as the only reason for not turning up.

    1. So we need to get ATEED away from it then as they (as you say) are the root of all the problems.

      That said there is nothing stopping South Auckland coming together and forming our own Pasifika – WITHOUT ATEED!

  3. Better exposure and better sales is their reason. That’s sad. It should stay in South Auckland. Reasons – It is the hub of Pacific Communities, less evil attack geese than Western Springs, the council is not a private enterprise. Duh – of course it has a higher profile and makes more money in the infamous money suburbs of Westmere. But it’s a council not a private enterprise and so they have a wider mandate – and Increasing expenditure, community profle and economic opportunities in an area that needs it should be more important.

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