Now that Pasifika goes for 2 days we thought we'd try out the food on Saturday and give you our recommendations on what to try today if you're going down for the first time or maybe you're just ready for Round 2.
We went around to each of the villages and checked out some of the unique dishes to their island or in this case Pasifika Village
Tiare Events - Rukau Pie & Cook Islands Poke
"In the Cook Islands our parents feed us with the Rukau (taro leaves) - the rukau is boiled in the water and we put the coconut cream in it. When we come to New Zealand we learn from other Master Chefs and put our own twist on it. So we put the rukau into a pie.
Then poke is the over ripe banana which is boiled and then add arrowroot starch to it with Coconut Cream and bake it but not in the oven, in our underground oven - they wrap it and bake it in the umu... more
We all know Pacific Islanders love cooking & eating both taro and taro leaves but are you aware of all the amazing health benefits for the body? Both taro's root and leaves have many health benefits because it is rich in nutrients.
You can check out all the health benefits of the root here and we've listed the health benefits of the taro leaf for you below ...
From its nutrient contents, the Top 10 taro leaves benefits are as follows:
- Acts as an antioxidant to prevent cancer.
Taro leaves are rich in vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant. This helps prevent many diseases and fight against free radicals that cause cancer.
- Boosts your immune system.
Vitamin C in 1 cup of taro leaves gives you at least 86% of the daily value that your body needs. You can boost your immune system effectively with eating taro leaves.
- Keeps your eyes healthy.
Besides Vitamin C, taro leaves are rich in vitamin A. It reaches an amazing daily value of 123%... more
One Thousand Ropes brings a beautiful Samoan sensibility to the big screen for the second time.
In the same way that the Orator delved into the interior of Samoa - rainforests, taro leaves and torments, One Thousand ropes looks to the interior minds of its characters - again focusing on the most vulnerable in Samoan societies - the young women.
It's a quiet meditative film that has some deep issues at its heart which are bought out in unexpected ways - the dynamic of four bakery workers, the truly terrifying aiku spirit, and the intimate skill and trust in a fofo.
There are so many nuances that speak to a Pasifika audience through the skill of the language and the symbolism of the design. But mostly because it's funny, in that way that only Samoan language and behaviors can sometimes be.
It's a movie that will give you the feels the funnies and the frights all in one... more
A Pasifika warrior who fought many battles for the region with the strength of her words and her infinite wisdoms has walked ahead of us.
They say that some people are larger then life, and for Teresia Teaiwa, teacher and warrior woman, the largess of her legacy will transcend her life for generations to come.
“You can't paint the Pacific with one brush stroke”
Teresia saw an interconnected Oceania and spoke much of our diversity yet the oneness of our essential vision as Pasifika people.
Described as one of Kiribati’s ‘living national icons’ Teresia was a truly cosmopolitan citizen of Oceania. Her mixed cultural roots and with her many lived experiences in the region, contributed to a wide vision of the issues, the identities and the taonga of Pasifika peoples. Of Banaban, Kiribati and African American heritage, Tere was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i and raised in Fiji... more
Polyfest 2017 wrapped on Saturday afternoon and we've got more behind the scenes, performances & action from the Cook Islands & Niue Stages PLUS the results for each Pacific Island stage at Polyfest.
COOK ISLANDS STAGE
OVERALL WINNERS: Mangere College
2nd - Aorere College
3rd - Sir Edmund Hillary College
Behind the scenes, some performance highlights & action from the Samoan & Tongan stages at Polyfest 2017
Ei katu's or Head Lei's/Garlands seemed to be the popular head adornment of the day.
Check out some of the different designs on display down at Polyfest today ...