New funding to grow Polyfest
Polyfest, the world’s largest Pacific festival, has secured $200,000 of the new funding from Government to help grow the event and to explore options for the future direction of the festival.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro says the funding will allow the festival to grow even further.
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples is also looking at bringing in a specialist to work with the Polyfest Trust in exploring opportunities for the future of the festival, including an advisory group to support their work.
“Polyfest is a world class event and is a source of pride for all the young people who take part,” Mr Ngaro says.
“It gives our young people an opportunity to connect with their heritage, to strengthen their identity as a young Pacific person and celebrate many of the things that make our cultures so special.”
“We want to see the festival grow even stronger and have more Kiwis taking part in celebrating Pacific diversity.”
Since the inception of the festival in the 1970s, it has continuously grown.
The aim of Polyfest is to showcase language and culture and to demonstrate the pride of cultural identity by bringing schools and the different cultures together.
“As the Pacific population is the youngest and fastest-growing in New Zealand it becomes even more important that we strengthen Pacific languages, cultures and identities and Polyfest is a perfect example of how we can achieve that.:
“I’m looking forward to seeing the options the experts come up with and watching Polyfest continue to grow and engage more of our young people for many years to come,” says Mr Ngaro.