A special function will be held at the ASB Polyfest today, with guests including Prime Minister John Key.
Key will address those in attendance alongside Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.
Following the function Key will make and appearance at the AUT Cook Islands Stage to meet members of the Cook Islands community and to address the audience.
There will be an array of Māori and Pacific Island colour and culture today. The Te Whare Wanaga o Awanuiarangi Maori Stage has the Division 2 kapa haka competition from 8:00am – 5:00pm with 15 schools vying to be promoted to Division One next year.
The University of Auckland Samoan Stage has 18 groups on stage from 8:30am – 5:00pm.
The drums will be beating on the AUT Cook Islands Stage with seven groups on stage from 9:15am – 2:30pm.
The Massey University Tongan Stage features 36 traditional Tongan dances such as the Ma’ulu’ulu and Kailao from 8:30am – 4.30pm.
The MIT Niue Stage has nine groups on stage from 9:00am – 3:00pm today, including defending champions Tangaroa College at 2:30pm.
The ACG Diversity Stage is also in full swing with forty different ethnic groups on stage.
Other groups appearing on the ACG Diversity Stage today include Tuvaluan, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern and Thai.
ASB Head of Community and Sponsorship Mark Graham says, “With more than 9,000 Auckland students taking part, ASB Polyfest 2016 is a wonderful cultural event for people of all ages,”
ASB began its sponsorship of Polyfest 32 years ago and we’re thrilled to remain a big part of the festival today. As one of our longest and most-treasured partnerships, we are continually proud to be associated with ASB Polyfest,” Graham says.