Monday, April 22, 2024

Funding pledged for Polyfest

Minister for Pacific Peoples, Shane Reti, has announced the Government’s commitment to the Auckland Secondary Schools Māori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival.

“The Ministry for Pacific Peoples is a longtime supporter of Polyfest and, as it celebrates 49 years in 2024, I’m proud to announce continued Government support this year and into the festival’s 50th anniversary in 2025,” said Dr Reti. 

“Over nearly five decades, Polyfest has grown into one of the largest Pacific festivals in the world. 

“It’s a fantastic showcase, featuring thousands of Māori and Pacific youth who proudly showcase their culture through performance, speech, dance, and song, and I’m delighted to be attending on day two of a four day celebration.”

The Government has pledged $55,000 in sponsorship for this year’s festival, $60,000 in 2025 for the festival’s 50-year anniversary, and an additional $60,000 in 2030, when Polyfest will reach a 55-year milestone.

“Alongside corporate and other support, the Government’s sponsorship of Polyfest, specifically its speech competitions, is recognition of the value and role languages play in building young people’s confidence and achievement in education and employment,” Dr Reti says.

The 49th annual Polyfest has been taking place at Manukau Sports Bowl from 20-23 March, and is focused on the theme: Me anga whakamuri kia koke whakamua – Looking to our past to determine our future. 

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