NZ Govt increases funding to Polyfest

New Zealand's government has given an extra US$149,000 to the world's largest annual Pacific festival, Polyfest.

The Pacific Peoples Minister, Alfred Ngaro, said the new funding would allow festival organisers to explore options to allow the festival to grow further.

He said his ministry would bring on a specialist and an advisory group to work with the Polyfest Trust, which has organised the festival for decades.

Mr Ngaro said the festival helped Pacific people gain confidence, leadership and many other skills, and he wanted to see more people there, celebrating Pacific diversity.


Photo: SUPPLIED Students from Avondale College perform at the festival.