Over 500 youth celebrate One Love Polyfest in Flaxmere

More than 500 youngsters turned it on today as they embraced the culture of others at the One Love Polyfest in Flaxmere.

It's an event that aims to help promote unity and respect for other island nations.

Students from all over Hastings came together under one roof to embody the meaning of “One Love”.

It's a festival with humble beginnings, but after five years, it's gone from strength-to-strength as song and dance from cultures of different Polynesian islands are celebrated.

Annamarie Faavae says, “Really into it, they are really into it.  We've only got a handful of Pasifika students the rest are Māori and European, so bringing them all together has just been awesome.”

Organisers say holding an event that celebrates diversity in the community can only be a positive thing for the people of Flaxmere.

Traci Tuimaseve says, “Rather than suppress or ignore those cultures, I think it’s a good opportunity to embrace it and culture is a good a big part of moving forward here in Flaxmere.”

It's an event that the young faces of tomorrow can be themselves, and a chance for them to proud of their roots.