Crowd roars ap­proval

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Polyfest per­form­ers treated a packed au­di­ence to a colour­ful, mu­si­cal as­sault on the senses last Thurs­day night.

Five col­leges from Porirua, Tawa and New­lands took part in the cel­e­bra­tion of Pa­cific Is­land and Maori cul­ture at Te Rau­paraha Arena. A buzzing ca­pac­ity crowd howled with de­light at each new song and dance per­for­mance.

Porirua Col­lege hosted the event, and en­tered eight sep­a­rate cul­tural troupes, from kapa haka to groups from Tu­valu, Toke­lau and Niue.

Also per­form­ing were troupes from Aotea Col­lege, Mana Col­lege, Tawa Col­lege and New­lands Col­lege.

Mayor Nick Leggett opened the fes­ti­val by con­grat­u­lat­ing au­di­ence mem­bers on their cul­tural pride.

‘‘It’s time for us to get to­gether and cel­e­brate who we are,’’ he said.

More Polyfest pho­tos can be found on our Face­book page, face­book. com/ kapi­mananews.

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Heart­felt haka: Porirua Col­lege’s kapa haka group wow the crowd with haka, wa­iata and poi dancing.

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