A special flag raising ceremony and pōwhiri took place at the Manukau Sports Bowl yesterday to mark the 40th Anniversary of the ASB Polyfest.
Entries have increased to such a degree that yesterday’s stage schedule had to start earlier than normal and the pōwhiri was reduced in length.
This year, the ASB Polyfest will showcase 214 groups from 64 schools performing on the festival’s six stages. Items will include speeches, kapa haka and traditional Pacific dance.
According to Event Director, Theresa Howard, “The ASB Polyfest provides the opportunity for students and their school communities to come together early in the school year, to learn and share their ideas on interpretation of culture through song, speech and dance.”
The 2nd day of Polyfest 2015 commences on the 'Te Whare Wanaga o Awanuiarangi' Māori Stage. A further 13 school kapa haka groups will perform from 8am – 3pm and prize giving will begin at approximately 5pm.
Today’s full performance schedule is provided below.
One of 3 challenges laid before organisers at last year's Polyfest was to encourage health and safety. The challenge to participants was to stop drinking soda drinks and also educate them on the harmful effects of synthetic cannabis, known as legal highs.
The story on last year’s health and safety initiative can be viewed below.
Last year Te Kāea also celebrated some of the talented kapa that took to the stage at Polyfest 2014 and compiled images captured at the event which can be viewed below.