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.