21 Mar 2009

Big crowd for final day of Polyfest school competition

5:34 pm on 21 March 2009

The final day of the Polyfest Pacific Arts and Cultural competition for secondary students at the Manukau City Sportsbowl on Saturday drew a crowd of 90,000.

Since Wednesday, intense competition has seen 9,000 students from more than 60 schools competing in both traditional and hip hop dance as well as music and native language speechmaking.

The MP for Mangere, Su'a William Sio, says Polyfest is very important when it comes to developing self-confidence in young Pacific Islanders.

Mr Sio says many people heading the performance groups will go on to become community leaders.

The Niue Minister of Health and Women's Affairs says Polyfest is a good way to preserve her country's culture and language, given that 22,000 Niueans live in New Zealand.