Cello Basin Reserve Welcomes Kilikiti for Historic Festival

Cello Basin Reserve Welcomes Kilikiti for Historic Festival


In a historic first for the Cello Basin Reserve, Kilikiti will be featured on Saturday, 9 March in the inaugural ‘Pacific Health Plus Kilikiti at the Basin’ festival, bringing the vibrant Pacific sport to its grounds for the first time.


Kilikiti, originating from the islands of Samoa, is a dynamic bat-and-ball sport reminiscent of cricket but infused with Pacific flair. Its arrival at Cello Basin Reserve marks a significant moment for the local Pacific community and sports enthusiasts alike.


"The organising team is thrilled to be bringing Kilikiti to the Cello Basin Reserve and the wider cricketing community," said event co-organiser and kilikiti advocate Fa’alogo Va’ai, Partnerships Lead Central at Ministry for Pacific Peoples. "This sport not only showcases the rich cultural heritage of the game and its people but also promotes togetherness on and off the field."


The tournament will feature four teams (and two celebrity teams!) from various communities across the Wellington region, each ready to showcase their skills and passion for Kilikiti. Spectators can expect fun atmosphere filled with music, dance, and the energy that Kilikiti is known for.


"Cricket Wellington is excited to welcome everyone to the Cello Basin Reserve for a day filled with sportspersonship and cultural celebration," added Frankie Stewart, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Cricket Wellington. "It's an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together, enjoy the game, and learn more about the traditions behind it."


The event will also include food stalls offering delicious Pacific cuisine, cultural performances, and activities for the whole family. Whether you're a seasoned Kilikiti fan or experiencing the sport for the first time, there's something for everyone to enjoy at the Cello Basin Reserve.


For more information about the Kilikiti Festival at Cello Basin Reserve, check out our website and Facebook Event.

Article added: Tuesday 27 February 2024