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Empowering Youth Leadership and Cultural Pride at 2024 Tokelau Easter Festival

The Hutt Valley Marlins are set to host the world’s largest Tokelau festival in Wellington, the 2024 Tokelau Easter Festival, from 29 March to 1 April 2024.

This year marks the 19th Tokelau Easter Festival, and the only event that gathers the four atolls, or islands of Tokelau. The festival is a momentous occasion for Tokelau communities to celebrate culture and focus on youth leadership and empowerment.

The four-day event features participation from various Tokelau communities affiliated to the Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau Niu Hila: Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau Auckland, Tutolu Rotorua, Lakilua Taupo, Mafutaga Tupulaga Manawatu, and Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau Porirua.

This year, the festival embodies the theme, “Ko te Tupulaga a Tokelau, ko te lumanaki o Tokelau – Our Tokelau young people are the future leaders of Tokelau,” which signifies a profound dedication to nurture the potential of Tokelau’s youth.

The festival’s program is designed to inspire cultural pride and empower youth leadership through initiatives such as fatele (cultural dancing), kaiga (family) wellbeing workshops and sports. The Ulu o Tokelau (Head of Tokelau), Afioga Alapati Tavite, along with his Tokelau Government Delegation, will also be gracing the festival as the keynote speaker. His presence symbolises the unwavering support of Tokelau’s leadership to youth and emphasises the significance of this event in Tokelau culture and community development.

The hosts of the 2024 Tokelau Easter Festival, Hutt Valley Marlins, have helped make this event possible through building and developing partnerships with the following organisations:

The Tokelau community invites you to join them on this enriching journey of empowerment and celebration at the 2024 Tokelau Festival. You can keep up to date with the festival via the Tokelau Easter Festival 2024 Facebook page or Instagram, and access Live Streaming of the festival through Oriana TV.

 

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