Polyfest still going strong as storm sees event extended

19:01, Mar 17 2014
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2014 ASB Polyfest host school Western Springs College perform at the powhiri opening of the festival.
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Patricia Filipi, left, and Renne Nofaiga from Massey high School enjoy a meal during the first day of the ASB Polyfest held at the Manukau Sports bowl in South Auckland.
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Sione Talilotu takes shelter from the sun during the first day of the ASB Polyfest held at the Manukau Sports bowl in South Auckland.
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The Manurewa High School Middle Eastern Dance Group in action .
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Selwyn college students in action during the first day of the ASB Polyfest held at the Manukau Sports bowl in South Auckland.
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Selwyn College supporters cheer in the crowd during the first day of the ASB Polyfest held at the Manukau Sports bowl in South Auckland.
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Dilworth School students, Ivan Faddy, left, and Hiwa Hopa perform during the first day of the ASB Polyfest held at the Manukau Sports bowl in South Auckland.
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Epsom Girls Grammar Indian Dance group during the first day of the ASB Polyfest held at the Manukau Sports bowl in South Auckland.
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Polyfest 2014 once again has attracted thousands of visitors from across the city.
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Stephanie Harris pictured from Pukekohe High School.
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Polyfest 2014 once again has attracted thousands of visitors from across the city, great food is one of the many reasons.
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Polyfest 2014 once again has attracted thousands of visitors from across the city.
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James Witana from Sacred Heart
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Polyfest 2014 once again has attracted thousands of visitors from across the city.
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Cecilia Sakalia from McAuley College takes part in Polyfest.
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Trent Harris from Sacred Heart College takes part in Polyfest.
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Tai Lindsay from Sacred Heart takes part in Polyfest.
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Polyfest 2014 kicks off once again at the Manukau Sports Bowl in South Auckland attracting thousands of visitors from across the city.
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Polyfest 2014 kicks off once again at the Manukau Sports Bowl in South Auckland attracting thousands of visitors from across the city.

It's on with the show today as students continue with the final leg of the ASB Polyfest.

The last day of the festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponed because of safety concerns as a result of Cyclone Lusi.

It was the first time in the event's 39-year history that any part of it has had to be delayed.

Event director Theresa Howard says rescheduling was the only option.

"In light of the weather conditions as a result of the cyclone, the only prudent decision was to postpone our final day.

"We want to give students the opportunity to perform on the stages and setting that they are familiar with," she says.

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An exception was the division one Maori groups, which performed on Saturday at the Trusts Stadium in Waitakere as students have other kapa haka commitments this week.

Friday, the third day of Polyfest, saw Prime Minister John Key mingle with the crowds and performers at the Tongan stage.

It was the first time in at least 20 years that a sitting prime minister had visited the event.

During a speech to media and event organisers and supporters, Mr Key said he was keen to help with sponsorship for the event.

"One of the things to try and encourage is to have events that young people can go to and enjoy and look forward to," he said.

"I would be surprised if the Government can't find something [for Polyfest]."

A total of 222 groups from a record 62 schools performed this year.

Manukau Courier