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2021 Polyfest Competition

In its 45th year, the annual Polyfest competition involved many schools from throughout Auckland. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the festival dates were pushed back to their original date of mid-March to the end of Term 1.

Auckland Grammar had the Kapa Haka, Samoan and Tongan groups performing, and the Tongan group performed for the first time in a decade. The Kapa Haka group, led by Form 6 student J. T. Murray, performed early on the Saturday morning. There were six pieces in the group's repertoire, and a fantastic end result when they placed third in the Mau Rākau category.

The Tongan group did extremely well for their first effort in many years. Led by senior students W. S. T. Halafuka, F. H. F .U. Saafi, S. V. L. L. Takataka and A. T. L. Taumoepeau, they performed two items with distinction, the Ma-ulu-ulu and the Mako, which demand discipline, timing, and grace. The gained second place in the Mako, which is an excellent result and a special thank you to Salesi Katoa for his expert tutorship.

The Samoan Group was led by Prefects B. F. Peleti-Fuimaono and T. W. M. Tuatagaloa. With eight sections in the Samoan section, seven of these being song and dance, it is extremely difficult therefore to win major placings in such a highly contested stage. 

The group was fortunate to have a number of experienced dancers, including T. M. E. Caffery, J. G. P. Fuafiva and D. K. Lokeni. They helped to set the tone, leading from the front, showing expertise and passion.

The group placed third in the Toniga, the Fa'ataupati and the Sasa, and second in both the Fuataimi and the Manaia, which gave the group an overall placing of second for the competition, a massive achievement.

This is the best result Auckland Grammar School has achieved since its entry to the festival in 1988, and the groups wish to thank the Headmaster, the Leadership Team, staff and students for their ongoing support.