Young People Shine at ASB Polyfest 2018

26 March 2018

The theme of the 2018 ASB Polyfest was taken from the words of the late Māori leader and kaumatua of Manukau Institute of Technology - Kukupa Tirikatane. It uses the analogy of weaving flax to draw the many cultures of Tamaki Makaurau together in celebration of their identity, language and culture.

Tuia te muka tangata

Tuia te muka wairua

Whiria te ahurea tuakirikiri

Whiria te ahurea tuamanomano

Thread the fibres of humanity

Thread the fibres of spiritual well being

Bind together the essence of cultural identity

Weave together the diverseness of cultural awareness

Kukupa Tirikatene

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart College Māori Performance

Baradene Maori

Baradene College of the Sacred Heart Māori Performance

ASB Polyfest features traditional music, dance, costume and speech and is now recognised as an important showcase of New Zealand's diverse cultures and a celebration of youth performance.

Baradene Filipino

Baradene College of the Sacred Heart Filipino Performance

Over 90,000 people, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, enjoyed watching performances on the various cultural stages, meeting large groups of young people and their whānau, and tasting the yummy food available across the four days.

AGGS Chinese

Auckland Girls’ Grammar School Chinese Performance

As an ASB Polyfest funder, MYD had the opportunity to staff a tent alongside some partners. We were joined by Great Potentials Foundation, which run the MATES mentoring programme where tertiary students mentor secondary students, and YouthHub, an online platform transitioning young people from education to work. South Seas Healthcare, an organisation providing health and wellness programmes to South Auckland young people, also shared the space.

MYD Staff ASB Polyfest

MYD staff directing young people to the chill-out tent zone 

Bean bags, phone charging and music at the MYD tent provided a space for young people to chill, relax and recharge the batteries during the busy festival!

Tamaki Tongan

Tamaki College Tongan Performance

MYD wishes to acknowledge ASB Polyfest’s participants, coaches and helpers for the time, energy and efforts they invested in creating the tremendous performances and amazing costumes.

Cook Island

Cook Islands Performance

Thanks also to the organising committee for the great work involved in creating an event of this scale.

Photo Credit: BC Photographyall performance photos