Ministry supports Tu Tangata Poly Festival

posted: 4:40 pm - 23rd July 2017

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples is calling all Pacific families and friends to give their support to the Tu Tangata Wellington Secondary Schools’ Poly festival 2017, taking place this Tuesday, 25 July at the Michael Fowler Centre.

The festival is in its 39th year and it is still considered the biggest Wellington schools’ Pacific festival, featuring 9 student led groups with close to 700 students showcasing Pasifika performances.

The festival is run by a Tu Tangata komiti made up of participating schools, students and teachers, supported by the Ministry as a great opportunity to help strengthen Pacific languages, culture and identity through performances and promotion of leadership roles for Pacific students.

Although one of the focuses of the festival is to celebrate and embrace Pacific culture through music and dance, the major focus for the organising komiti is to develop and foster student leadership.

The students are an integral part of the komiti and are fully involved in all decisions. Each participating school is granted a Leadership Award to present to one of their student leaders who have shown true leadership within their school community. The award is only given to students who are continuing their education after secondary school.

Participating Tu Tangata schools are; Wellington East Girls College, St Catherine’s College, Wellington Girls’ College (Host), St Mary’s College, St Patrick’s College Wellington, Rongotai College and Wellington College. There are two extra schools invited to participate; Taita College and St Bernard’s, who have both been performing with Tu Tangata since 2004.

The festival is an incredibly popular event due to both its reputation and tradition. Every year the festival is a sold out event and has relocated the venue from the Welington Opera House to the larger Michael Fowler Centre to accommodate attendance.

Be in quick to get your tickets as this will be a great family outing.

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