Supporting young people at Polyfest

18 March 2019

SouthSeas at Polyfest engaging with young people

SouthSeas Healthcare was among many stallholders engaging with thousands of Polyfest performers over the three-day festival, providing a diverse range of cultural performances across the six stages at the Manukau Sports Bowl.

SouthSeas Healthcare Public Health Team Leader Shaun Tautali says this is the third year SouthSeas have taken part in Polyfest.

“We shared a tent in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD), Mentoring and Youth Education Scheme (MATES), and Office of the Children’s Commissioner NZ and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.”

“We are part of a collaborative approach in youth engagement at Polyfest. We set-up a pop up youth hub where young people and youth could find a friendly team of welcoming students to charge their phones and where they could chill on beanbags and listen to music.”

Shaun says it was a great opportunity for SouthSeas to connect with students and highlight exciting new platforms delivering youth focused activities that are led by young people.

The SouthSeas Healthcare tent was stationed at the youth hub and those visiting the stall were encouraged to fill in a short survey and receive a free lunch voucher they could use at any food stall.

Considered to be the world's biggest Pacific Island cultural festival, this year saw more than 12,000 secondary school students take to the stage with 67 secondary schools participating.

The final day of Polyfest was called off due to safety fears following the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch which claimed the lives of 50 people.

In a post on Facebook on Friday night, the ASB Polyfest Trust Board and Director Polyfest announced the final day of Polyfest would not go ahead due to safety concerns.

Chairman of the trust Gregory Pierce and event director Seiuli Terri Leo Mauu said the safety of the performers and public was paramount.

SouthSeas Healthcare send our deepest sympathy, alofa and thoughts to everyone affected by the tragic events in Christchurch, especially the families and communities of those most deeply affected.

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