Polyfest launches its 40th event
It began 40 years ago at Hillary College in Otara with just four schools taking part.
Now Polyfest is the largest Maori and Pacific Island festival in the world.
It launched its 40th anniversary event at the ASB North Wharf in central Auckland on March 4.
A record number of 64 schools across the Auckland region will take the stage to perform speeches, kapa haka and traditional Pacific dance at the fourday event which starts in Manukau on March 18.
Students, principals and members of the community were at the launch to celebrate the significant milestone.
Nga Puna o Waiarea from West- ern Springs College opened the night with an explosive performance.
Polyfest takes place from March 18-21 at the Manukau Sports Bowl.
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