UPDATED 18 March 
Schools Swap
Performance Dates and Times Form
Helpful Tips for Assessing Students through Polyfest


“Me mātūtū ta’au Peu e te Akono’anga Kuki Airani,

ka ora katoa tō’ou Kopapa, te Manako e te Vaerua"


“Healing the body, mind, spirit and soul

with the strength of Culture”


Stage meeting 1 - Thursday 25th February 2021, 4.30pm

                                2021 Speech participants and TICs meeting 

Stage meeting 2 - Thursday 18th March 2021

                                4.30pm - All Speech participants and 2021 Cook Islands Language TICs

                                5.30pm - Tutors meeting

ALL meetings will be held at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Staffroom, 2 Franklyne Road, Otara, Auckland 2023



The Pacific Speech competitions will be held at the festival for Samoa, Tonga and Niue ONLY.

The Cook Islands Pacific Speech Competition will be held during the 2021 Cook Islands Language Week later in the year.


We have now reopened and will be accepting registrations till 3pm, Wednesday 7th July 2021.

There will be a meeting for all participants and their CGC and/or TIC to attend for the drawing of the order of speakers. It will be held at 4.30pm, Thursday 8th July, Tanoa Room, MIT Pasifika Community Centre, Gate 12, 53 Otara Rd, Otara. 

A copy of the written speech must also be brought along to this meeting or submitted by

3pm, Thursday 8th July 2021, ATT: Tupou Manapori to the same address.

Date and Time of Competition:

Thursday 5th August 2021 - 9am


Te Puke ō Tara Community Hall

Newbury St


Auckland 2023

All speeches will be filmed and made available via ASB Polyfest channel which will be confirmed at a later date.


Please submit a fully completed profile sheet for each of your school groups. Only once all profile sheets have been submitted will the full ticketing pack be prepared, so it is important you check that all groups are accounted for before arranging to collect your pack.  

We have the wonderful iTicket team working with us again. This has enabled us to make some time-saving changes with the way we make up your packs.

  • From Thursday 8th April, we will begin sending out your electronic passes.

  • An E-PASS for the Performance groups will be emailed directly to the Cultural Group Coordinator (CGC). This ONE e-pass is to be downloaded as a PDF and forwarded to the relevant TICs for each group.

  • What's in this E-PASS? The E-PASS will have the names and details of all the groups the school has registered for, including the Total Number of the group noted on the Profile Sheets. You may print this or save it on your electronic device.              

  • The cultural group will enter with the TIC who will show this e-pass at the gate.  One of our Gate team will scan the pass, check off the group entering and count through the number specified for that group as they enter. Please ensure all members are present before entering as we are not able to rescan these passes for the group. There will be a Prepaid queue at each gate for the group to enter through. 

  • VEHICLE passes will be sent in a separate email to the CGC with details of which group has ordered these.

PLEASE REMEMBER that the CGC is responsible for picking up BUS and Media passes as well as any other important information that will need to be shared with all the groups. It is important that you are available to collect from either location on either day, as packs will not be sent via post or courier.


Niue, Samoa and Tonga

Like previous years, the Pacific Speech Competition is a free event for competitors, but for contact tracing purposes, free ticket passes will be issued to each competitor with 5 free supporter passes. Tickets can only be used by the registered student's school consisting of one teacher and four students who must be in full school uniform. These will only be valid for the day the student is competing in the Pacific Speech Competition.

  • These passes will also come in the form of an E-PASS and will be emailed separately to the CGC.

  • There will be one E-PASS, comprising of six passes in each one, per competitor.

  • Please forward this E-PASS to the TIC accompanying the speech competitor and up to four students who can attend as supporters. 



Thursday 8th April 2021, 10am - 3pm at Black Sei Productions, 4010 Gt North Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland 0602 - Limited parking.

Friday 9th April 2021, 10am - 5pm at the ASB Polyfest Info Portacom, Manukau Sports Bowl, Clover Park, Auckland. Please enter through Te Irirangi Drive entrance towards the Greyhound Lounge and the portacom is on the left hand side.



Thursday 25th March 2021, 4pm


Thursday 1st April 2021, 4pm


ALL Trophies are to be returned to the first Stage Meeting on Thursday 25th February 2021. Please ensure these are engraved and polished before returning.


Turou! Turou! Turou!

Oro mai! Oro mai! Oromai!

Kia Orana te iti tangata Kuki Airani e te katoatoa rava i teia mataiti ou. Te ‘Ui Ariki, ‘Ui Mataiapo, ‘Ui Rangatira tei ma’ata i te pae o te Enua, to te Ture e te pae o te Evangelia. Kia Orana rava tatou katoatoa i teia mataiti 2O21. Ki te Apii Mana Kura Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, meitaki ma’ata ko kotou i āriki akaou mai i te pati’anga kia akateretere i te ta’ua Kuki Airani no te mataiti 2O21.

Ki te au puapii e te au tamariki Apii Tuarua, te au metua, te Atua te aroa. Te ōronga atu nei au i tetai akameitaki’anga ki te Cook Islands Consulor General ōu, ko Keu Mataroa, e te kauono akangāro’i ko Roselyn Blake, tei tae mai no te akararangi i te ta’ua o te Kuki Airani i teia mataiti. Kia Orana rava i te aroa kenakore o to tatou atu ko Iesu Mesia.

Te au tauira no te tuanga o te Tarērē Korero, 'akamaro’iro’i e kia matūtū ta kotou tuanga tatau. Meitaki Ma’ata ki te au Taunga Korero no te Reo Maori Kuki Airani, I roto i te au matakeinanga o Akarana. Kua tamanako’ia e kia rave’ia te tuanga o te korero i roto i te Epetoma o te Reo Maori Kuki Airani 2O21. No teia mataiti ‘ua.

Te tatara’ara atu nei au kia kotou, e te au metua, e te au tauira, o te au Apii Tuarua o Akarana. E rua mataiti (2O19, 2O2O), kare te anau i rave ana i te tārekareka ura. No te tumatetenga i Christchurch (2O19) e te maki COVID (2O2O).

I teia mataiti 2O21, e rua rāi rā, tei tukuia mai no te rave i te tārekareka Polyfest. E ma’ata roa te moni kā pou i te tutaki, i te au pū ā kapa, e te vai atura. Kua tauī ia tetai au ‘akatere’anga. No reira akakoromaki mai kotou katoatoa. Meitaki ma’ata no tā kotou turuturu i te au Api’i.

Te irinaki nei au e ka mataora kotou i te mātakitaki i te au tarekareka ta te au Api’i ka akāriari mai. Ki te au Tauira katoatoa, e te au puapi’i tarekareka kia manuia, kia mataora, e kia manavanui. Kia Manuia. Te Atua te aroa.

This is the 45th year since this event began at Hillary college in Otara. A special tribute to all those students who created a pathway for our current students in Auckland to learn our Cook Islands Language and Culture. My sincere gratitude and appreciation to all former students, parents, tutors, judges, MC’s and securities and Cook Islands Wardens for all your contributions and support. Special thank you to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate (Mana Kura), the Principal Kiri Turketo, Deputy Principal Shauna Eldridge, and teachers in charge of the Cook Islands Group for hosting our stage from 2O19-2O21. Thank you to your staff for their timekeeping and the boys and girls who worked on the stage and assisted the Stage Managers. Meitaki Ma’ata.

Our Kura Matua for 2O21 is Kia Aroha College/James Cook High School. The sponsor for our Cook Islands Stage again this year is “AUT University “. Thank you to both our Host school and Sponsor, for your willingness to support this meaningful event for our Secondary school students in Auckland.

A special message to all our Cook Islands Cultural Tutors, te au Tumu korero, te au Taunga Rakei, no te Tarekareka Ura, please:
• Follow the true spirit of how and why this event was formed (for students).
• The purpose of this is not only to teach our tamariki our Reo and Peu Kuki Airani but to bring them in unity, to love one

   another and build good relationships regardless of which school they go to.
• Teach your students proper Cook Islands customs, traditions, protocols and values such as respect and proper

   manners. etc.
• Remember this event is about “traditional” dancing and not “contemporary”. Contemporary is another phase, another level

   and not appropriate for this festival.
• Follow the specific rules or suffer the consequences.
• Attend all stage meetings where questions are raised and other issues discussed.
• Meet deadlines to avoid penalties.
• There is a zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour and conduct (both students and adults).

I hope 2O21 will bring a better understanding, better attitude and joy to all our people who wish to attend this event. Celebrate with us, the achievements and efforts of all our students from across the Auckland region. Appreciate the hard work of all staff, Principals and Board of Trustees in allowing your children to participate in the festival.

To the Director of Polyfest, Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu, Lane Fa’afua and Komiti Whakahaere, thank you for the opportunity to showcase our Cook Islands Language and Culture for the world to see.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven”
Koia katoa ia to kotou mārama, kia ‘akakakā’ia ki mua i te aroaro o te tangata nei, e kia akara ratou I ta kotou ‘anga’anga meitaki, e kia akameitaki ratou i to kotou metua i te aora.

Kia Orana e kia Manuia


Mama Tupou Manapori B.Ed, MNZM, QSM
Cook Islands Stage Co-Ordinator