ASB Polyfest 2017: Nurturing leadership through culture

16 March 2017 / Published in Your Community

“Channel your excitement, your emotion and nerves, perform well and savour every moment – you’ll have these memories for a lifetime.”

22 year old Te Whetu Rangi has grown up with Kapa Haka, performing throughout high school and now as part of the ASB Kapa Haka group. He came to the bank as part of the Whakakāngia tō Umanga internship, set up to grow the level of Maori employed in financial services and now works as an asset administrator in the ASB Aegis team. The opportunity to publically stand proud for his school, whanau and culture is what ASB Polyfest is all about – and ASB is proud to encourage these values through our diverse and inclusive workplace.

His story reflects the theme for ASB Polyfest this year - nurturing leadership through culture.

ASB Polyfest is the largest Polynesian festival in the world, showcasing Auckland secondary school students’ cultural identity and heritage, bringing schools and the community together through their shared cultures. This week will see the 42nd ASB Polyfest take place, at Manukau Sports Bowl with over 9,000 students from over 60 secondary schools performing to over 90,000 spectators across the four days.

For the most part, it’s a competitive cultural festival with Cook Islands, Maori, Niuean, Samoan and Tongan cultural groups competing. There is also a Diversity stage which features performances from Fijian, Tokelau, Chinese, Korean, Indian and many more cultural groups on a non-competitive basis.  

ASB is proud to celebrate 33 years of support for the ASB Polyfest.

ASB strives to embrace diversity and inclusion across all areas of our business and the many communities in which we operate. As a demonstration of our commitment to the festival, ASB’s own kapa haka group will perform on the Maori stage during the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

ASB customers will be given the opportunity to collect a special edition ASB Polyfest EFTPOS card. Customers can register for the limited edition EFTPOS card at the ASB Caravan at the festival, or until stock runs out.

ASB’s Digi-Poi activity is open to all ASB Polyfest guests. Head to the ASB area to create a short, shareable video.

Further information

ASB Polyfest is held at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Te Irirangi Drive, Auckland.

Dates and Times

  • Wednesday 15th March – 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 16th March – 7am-5pm
  • Friday 17th March – 7am-5pm
  • Saturday 18th March – 7am-5pm

Entry is $5 per person, with 5 year olds and under being free.

There is parking available for $5 but it is limited. More information is available on the ASB Polyfest website.


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