ASB Polyfest Chair,
Have roots in Else'e, Malhaha, Rotuma and Navutu, Lautoka, Fiji
Place of Work
Number of years involved in Polyfest?
What is the role of the Polyfest Trust?
Provide governance of the festival on behalf of the Secondary Schools, community and stakeholders in Auckland.
What’s your highlight from Polyfest?
Enjoying the familiarity of the occasion and the many opportunities to be me and that's not just about the food.
What does the festival do for your particular community?
Provides a large portion of our community an excellent opportunity to start the school year well.
What do you think is the key to running a successful Polyfest event?
Being resourced very well.
What advice would you give to first time competitors to Polyfest?
Involve your family, get to know your group well, attend the practices, do extra at home, commit early, pay your fees.
Chairperson Robert Solomone Principal
Deputy Chairperson Gregory Pierce Principal
Trustee Patrick Drumm Principal
Trustee Martin Cooper Mana Whenua
Trustee Toesulu Brown Pasifika Representative
Trustee Adeline Blair Principal
Trustee Steven Hargreaves Principal
Trustee Ngaire Ashmore Principal
Trustee Tupou Manapori Komiti Whakahaere Rep
Trustee Melegalenuu Ah Sam Komiti Whakahaere Rep
Director/Trust Administrator Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu SMC Events
THE POLYFEST TRUST (INCORPORATED CHARITABLE TRUST):
The Trust Board provides governance primarily overseeing the delivery and financial aspects of the event. Their main objective is to build a sustainable event.
The Board meets on a quarterly basis.
SMC EVENTS LIMITED:
SMC Events manages logistics and operations and provides communication links for the Polyfest network. Their commitment to the event runs from July to June.
KURA MATUA & MANA KURA HOST SCHOOLS:
The Kura Matua(s) represent all participating schools and take the lead of official and formal gatherings. The Kura Matua(s) play a significant role in managing key areas specific to the Maori Stage which include administration, judge liaison, on the day tasks etc. Mana Kura schools are different across the other five stages and in addition provide a "caretakers" role and leadership by hosting stage meetings, provide volunteers on the day to act as stage runners, timekeepers etc. We welcome schools to hold a hosting role for a maximum of two years. Schools who would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The volunteers assist in the delivery of the event. They begin their involvement in the month preceding the event as well as during the event itself.
SCHOOL CULTURAL GROUP COORDINATOR:
The school cultural coordinator is the overall senior school contact/representative for all groups representing that school. They are responsible for forwarding all relevant information from the Polyfest team to the Teacher in Charge of the group(s).
TEACHER IN CHARGE:
The teacher-in-charge is the school representative who attends the event. His/her key role is to pass on communication to the participants and ensure that the school group works within the guidelines of the school and the event.
The tutors support the teacher-in-charge with the management of the group by preparing the groups for their performances and ensuring performances meet stage specific rules.
The student leaders lead the students/group in their performance.
These groups provide assistance and support to the school groups that are performing. Their involvement is tied in with schools.
These groups act as the Polyfest stakeholders and service providers.
Mana Whenua provides spiritual guidance through protocols and practices over the four-day festival. This may also include pre and post festival.