Polyfest starts

Central Leader - - NEWS - By TAO LIN

It’s back and it’s big­ger than ever.

The world’s largest Poly­ne­sian and Maori fes­ti­val kicked off on Wed­nes­day at the Manukau Sports Bowl.

The 39th an­nual ASB Polyfest opened with a flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony and powhiri.

More than 9000 stu­dents from a record 62 schools from all over Auck­land are tak­ing to the stage at the fes­ti­val, which runs un­til Satur­day, be­fore an ex­pected au­di­ence of about 100,000.

The fes­ti­val

was of­fi­cially opened by kau­matua Eru Thomp­son and a per­for­mance by host school Western Springs Col­lege.

Mayor Len Brown says this year is ‘‘his­toric’’ for Polyfest with a record num­ber of schools tak­ing part.

‘‘It gets big­ger and bet­ter each year,’’ he says.

‘‘The Poly­ne­sian spirit is the heart and soul of this place.’’

This year’s theme is ‘‘Care for our seas and our lands so that the safety of our home, both present and past, en­dures for­ever’’.

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