2020 ASB Polyfest theme
"Mā roto mai i te Ahurea whirikoka,
ko te whakaora tinana, hinengaro,
wairua me te ira tangata"
“Healing the body, mind, spirit and soul
with the strength of Culture”
The Christchurch tragedy on March 15, 2019, affected the last day of ASB Polyfest and news of its cancellation affected everyone involved. We want to thank you and acknowledge you for all your hard work. Co-ordinating an event like Polyfest could not be possible without your love and support. We thank you for your patience, your prayers and support and look forward to celebrating ASB Polyfest 2020 with you all. Next year will also mark Polyfest's 45th birthday! As we prepare for next year's big event, we are excited to share with you next year's dates and Polyfest theme - translations will also follow and posted on each Stage Info page on the website.
For 2020, we want to celebrate how our communities heal through the strength of our cultures - our cultural beliefs, traditions and values. As a Polyfest family, we are connected through our healing and cultural strengths. We also celebrate our identity and diversity by honouring our heritage - our past, present and future.
Students will have a great opportunity to research and explore healing from various cultural perspectives (for example, Body - fofo (massage), ti leaves and aloe vera medicine, dance, Mind - knowing who you are through language and knowing your roots, Spirit and Soul - meditation, prayer, chanting, music etc). Together, we share in this journey and as we prepare to make new memories and create new experiences.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2020 and to celebrate Polyfest's 45th year.
Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu
Director, ASB Polyfest
The ASB Polyfest features traditional music, dance, costume and cultural speech competitions, and is one of the most recognised events on the Auckland calendar. It’s a showcase of
New Zealand’s diverse cultures and a celebration of youth performance.
Students compete on five stages, performing traditional items from the following cultures – Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoan and Tongan. There will also be a Diversity stage featuring performances from a range of cultural groups including Fijian, Tokelau, Chinese, Korean and Indian.
The four-day event (18-21 March 2020) will open with a flag raising ceremony conducted by Tainui Kaumatua, Stage Representatives, along with the Kura Matua Host Schools and the other Mana Kura Host Schools for each stage. This ceremony takes place at sunrise on the raised ground overlooking the Maori Stage.
This is followed by the Powhiri (official welcome), which has been the most significant part of the festival since its beginning in 1976. Traditionally, the process served to discover whether the visiting party was friend or foe. It is the formal welcoming of guests (manuhiri) by the hosts (Tainui and Pacific Community Leaders). The ceremony progresses with the tapu, or sacredness, surrounding manuhiri being removed, and all become one. Once the Powhiri concludes, the Mauri (the sacred pink stone - gifted by the people of Pare Hauraki - Ngati Marutuahu - Tainui Waka), is taken from the Powhiri to each stage to perform a blessing.
For some of the stages, this will also be the first day for performances and speeches.
THE ASB POLYEST FESTIVAL IS A ZERO WASTE AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT
AND IS PROUD TO BE