Supporting our young people at Polyfest

09 April 2018

Participants on the day supporting the 'My Story' Survey initiative

Around 9000 students participated in the celebration of Pacific culture through dance and singing in March at the ASB Polyfest at the Manukau Sports Bowl in South Auckland.

The event was attended by over 15 secondary schools celebrating traditional Pacific music, dance, costume, speech well supported by family and Pacific communities.

SouthSeas Healthcare was among other agencies that supported this event with a big focus on Pacific young people and showcases the growing diversity of Pacific cultures in New Zealand.

“We had staff on site to increase our engagement with youth, give advice and support and ensure young people are aware of our work and services we offer,” says Silao Vaisola-Sefo, SouthSeas Healthcare CEO.

“This is the second year we have participated and supported Polyfest and it’s great to see some of the young people engaged with us in some of our youth programmes actively taking part in polyfest.”

“It is a great event to fully engage with young people and we are thrilled to be part of the experience.”

“We have some ideas for next year Polyfest as it is in our best interest to engage in helping young people and giving of our time where we feel rewarded in supporting and being active ambassadors.” 

Silao thinks Polyfest is an excellent platform for SouthSeas to promote their work and services and determine the type of engagement SouthSeas can create to support young people of South Auckland.

“Through conversation talking to young people and getting their feedback we are able to shape the programme we currently have to ensure that their voice matters in servicing our Pacific communities,” says Silao.

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