The strength of culture shines through at Polyfest 2021

Issue: Volume 100, Number 5

Posted: 23 April 2021
Reference #: 1HAK99

The Auckland Secondary Schools Māori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival (ASB Polyfest) has become a shining moment of 2021, following a two-year hiatus. The celebration of culture and diversity was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in 2019, the Christchurch tragedy on March 15 affected the last day of performances.

A resilient, hopeful, and passionate community lit up Manukau from April 14-17, with breath-taking performances, bright colours, and big smiles all-round.

Students competed on five stages, performing traditional items from the following cultures – Cook Islands, Māori, Niue, Samoan and Tongan. There was also a diversity stage featuring performances from Fijian, Tokelau, Chinese, Korean, Tuvalu, Hawaii, Sri Lanka, Kiribati and Indian groups.

Connected through culture, and fun: The Sri Lankan group from Avondale College are all smiles and laughs on and off-stage

Connected through culture, and fun: The Sri Lankan group from Avondale College are all smiles and laughs on and off-stage

Resilience and hope: Even the rain couldn’t dampen this momentous event. What’s not captured on camera are the schools and groups who took this moment to sing and dance as they sheltered – an embodiment of the spirit of Pacific communities.

Resilience and hope: Even the rain couldn’t dampen this momentous event. What’s not captured on camera are the schools and groups who took this moment to sing and dance as they shltered – an embodiment of the spirit of Pacific communities.

Cultural pride: Adorning beautiful cultural dress, performers are ready to share their culture with the crowds

Cultural pride: Adorning beautiful cultural dress, performers are ready to share their culture with the crowds

Community and friendship: Students band together as they eagerly await their performance backstage

Community and friendship: Students band together as they eagerly await their performance backstage

Culture diversity

Avondale College students bring the Thai culture to life on the Diversity stage

Avondale College students bring the Thai culture to life on the Diversity stage

A beautiful display of colour and grace from St Cuthbert’s College for their Korean performance

A beautiful display of colour and grace from St Cuthbert’s College for their Korean performance

Big smiles and beautiful colours: Avondale College’s Cook Islands group prepare to take the stage

Big smiles and beautiful colours: Avondale College’s Cook Islands group prepare to take the stage

Mana wahine: Ākonga from St Cuthbert’s College are fierce on the Māori stage

Mana wahine: Ākonga from St Cuthbert’s College are fierce on the Māori stage

 Students are at home on the stage; enjoying their moment to spotlight their identities and their cultures

Students are at home on the stage; enjoying their moment to spotlight their identities and their cultures


A full article on ASB Polyfest 2021 will follow in the Education Gazette soon.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, reporter@edgazette.govt.nz

Posted: 11:05 AM, 23 April 2021

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