World’s largest secondary school Polyfest

ABOUT 100,000 people are expected to attend the largest secondary school Polynesian festival on the planet this week in Auckland.

The ASB Polyfest is an annual three-day event that features traditional music, dance, costume and speech and is now recognised as an important showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures and a celebration of youth performance.

The festival includes a Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoa and Tongan, as well as diversity stage. The first Polyfest was at Hillary College in Otara, in 1976, and throughout the years colleges across Auckland hosted the event on their school grounds.

But the event has become too big for any school to host and its current home is at the Manukau Superbowl, and there is a call for a strategy to be put in place for future festivals to accommodate its continued growth.

The Polyfest Trust is made up of a group, mostly school principals, tasked with overseeing the annual event.

It is heavily reliant on many schools, principals, volunteers and contractors as well as sponsors and stakeholders to ensure it runs smoothly and is successful.