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( Pasifika Festival is the world's largest Pacific Island cultural festival and attracts over 200,000 visitors every year.

The Pasifika Festival is a Pacific Islands-themed festival held annually in Western Springs, Auckland City, New Zealand. Celebrated since 1993, it is the largest festival of its type in the world and attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. 

The event is owned and hosted by Auckland Council.

The festival presents a wide variety of cultural experiences, including traditional cuisine and performances from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Tangata Whenua (New Zealand Māori).

The original driving force behind the festival was a secretary of the South Pacific Forum, Roy Vaughan. His idea to create an event to celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific came to realisation in February 1991 when he showed his proposal to several high-ranking officials of South Pacific nations: Cook Islands Consul General Bill Te Ariki, Papua New Guinea Consul General Alister Martin and others.

The first Pasifika Festival was held 6-12 March 1993; its community day was visited by 30,000 people. The scope of the festival broadened at the very first event as several Micronesian and Melanesian groups chose to participate.

Annual events were held for the first four years without significant change. In 1997, after a reorganisation, Auckland City Council encapsulated the Pasifika committee and the support from the South Pacific Island Nation Development Agency became redundant.

After that, the new event coordinator Pitsch Leiser worked towards making the festival sustainable during the two years he was involved with it. From that time onwards visitor numbers started to grow rapidly.

According to en.wikipedia

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