The annual event was then held at a variety of schools. From 1996 it found a permanent home at the Manukau Sports Bowl in Clover Park. This offered the space to establish stage areas for different cultures: Māori, Cook Island, Niue, Samoa, Tonga. By this time a ‘Diversity’ stage for other cultures had also been added.
The 25th Festival held at the Sports Bowl in March 2001 involved 13,000 performers and 162 groups from 52 schools.
The festival is gathering strength even today. This year’s festival, which is now known in short as the ASB Polyfest, attracted 223 groups from 62 schools.
See below for a small selection of images taken at various festivals over the years (all images by courtesy of Fairfax Media):
|Footprints 00580, Mrs Hoana Rapatina and Prime Minister David Lange, Mangere, 1986, South Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Footprints 03574, Samoan dance, Mangere, 1992, South Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Footprints 03420, Māori culture group, Mt Albert, 1994, South Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Footprints 03674, Samoan cultural group, Clover Park, 1997, South Auckland Research Centre|
Author: Bruce Ringer, South Auckland Research Centre