Polyfest benefits

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Polyfest has re­ceived a con­sid­er­able boost with the Gov­ern­ment ded­i­cat­ing $200,000 over three years to the cul­tural event. The an­nual Auck­land sec­ondary schools Pa­cific cul­tural fes­ti­val at­tracts about 9000 stu­dents and up to 100,000 spec­ta­tors each year. Pa­cific Peo­ples Min­is­ter Pe­seta Sam Lotu-Iiga says it gives fam­i­lies and young peo­ple the chance to come to­gether and share their cul­tural her­itage through song, speech and dance. ‘‘It is the largest Pa­cific youth fes­ti­val in the coun­try as well as one of the largest sec­ondary schools events in the world. The cost of putting on the event has in­creased over the years and Cy­clone Lusi also af­fected rev­enue and at­ten­dance at last year’s fes­ti­val,’’ he says. Polyfest will cel­e­brate its 40th an­niver­sary at the Manukau Sports Bowl from March 18 to 21.

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