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Pasifika Festival cancelled


13 March 2020


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Pasifika Festival called off this weekend.

Pasifika Festival has been cancelled as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

The decision was made after discussions between Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Mr Goff said, "while the latest Ministry of Health advice is that New Zealand does not have a community outbreak of COVID-19 and the risk of a community outbreak remains low, Auckland Council and the Cabinet Committee's specific concerns are about the risk of the virus being transmitted to the Pacific Islands by attendees of the festival."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “We’re disappointed, but at the end of the day the health of New Zealanders and the Pacific community is our number one priority.”

“We have a duty to protect the Pacific from COVID-19 and this decision is all about that.”

“This is a case of better safe than sorry. I know many in the Pacific community will be disappointed, and I am too. I always look forward to this event. But we have to make sure our communities’ health and the health of the Pacific is at the forefront of our minds and decisions,” Jacinda Ardern said.

It is the second year in a row the festival has been cancelled, with the previous cancellation following the aftermath of the 15 March terrorist attack in Christchurch.

We urge our Pacific South Auckland community to contact the dedicated free Healthline number 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 from international SIMS) or your doctor immediately if you have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the illness.

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