Saturday, 15th March Event Update: ASB Polyfest postponed until Tuesday
The ASB Polyfest has postponed its final day until Tuesday, 18 March at the Manukau Sports Bowl due to safety concerns as a result of Cyclone Lusi.
A decision was made early Saturday morning by festival organisers that the safety of students and the public had to come first, and that the only prudent decision was to postpone the final festival day until Tuesday.
Organisers had been following the movement of the Cyclone all week, and were advised to wait until early Saturday morning before making a final decision on whether or not to proceed with today’s programme.
While the logistic of postponing one of Auckland’s largest events is significant, public safety meant that a postponement had to be made.
ASB Polyfest Event Director, Theresa Howard said – “this is the first time in the 39 year history of the ASB Polyfest, that we have had to postpone one of the days, but in light of the weather conditions as a result of the Cyclone, the only prudent decision was to postpone our final day.”
Howard went on to say - “we want to give students the opportunity to perform on the stages and setting that they are familiar with, so in consultation with schools and our stage co-ordinators, we have decided to hold the festival’s final day on Tuesday”
The first three days of the festival have been held in sunshine with huge crowds enjoying the colour and culture from the ASB Polyfest’s six stages. Yesterday’s programme, was highlighted with a visit from Prime Minister – John Key who was greeted with a rousing reception at the Massey University Tongan Stage, and a special performance from visiting Tongan school - Takuilau College.
The Hapai Te Hauora Maori Stage is holding its Division 1 competition today at the Trusts Stadium, Waitakere as they were unable to postpone to a later date due to commitments to the national kapa haka that students had next week.
Stage co-ordinator – Chris Selwyn said “Nga Puni o Waiorea Western Springs College would not have been able to host the Maori stage on any other day.”
The final day of the 2014 ASB Polyfest will be held at the Manukau Sports Bowl from Tuesday, 18 March. Entry is $5 with pre-school children free of charge.
For More Information:
Media Liaison: Dean Wilson Mob (021) 637-636
The ASB Polyfest Maori Stage Division One schedule for Saturday, 15th March has been relocated.
This has been confirmed to now be held at:
The Trusts Stadium
Central Park Drive, Henderson
$5 entry, pre-schoolers FREE
The ASB Polyfest is a Drug and Alcohol free event and we are proud to be