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Supporting diversity at ASB Polyfest

  • Dr Falaniko Tominiko; Hon Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples; Sarah Sommerville, Anaru Parangi; Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Blair Sorensen; Renee Peeni; Debbie Loots; Paul Hays

Unitec has reconnected with ASB Polyfest, rekindling a long-standing partnership with the world’s largest Māori and Pacific Island Festival.

ASB Polyfest features traditional music, dance and speeches from more than 12,000 Auckland secondary school students. Dr Falaniko Tominiko, Unitec’s Director of Pacific Success, said that with nearly 40 Auckland schools appearing on the Unitec-sponsored Diversity Stage, the association was a natural fit.

“We as an institution place great importance on our diversity. We’re walking the talk in terms of respecting, accepting and promoting diversity.” Unitec also sponsored a chill-out zone, providing Polyfest participants and guests a shady spot to sit, play games and chat. Andrea Thumath, Director of Unitec Pathways College and Students Under 25 Success, was there with her team and said the zone provided many opportunities to engage with the Polyfest community.

“A lot of high school students and their parents came to our chill-out area and there was a lot of interest in what we’re doing at Unitec. We had student ambassadors there, talking to prospective students – because who better to talk about studying at Unitec than our current students?”

Unitec’s involvement with ASB Polyfest also aligns with its new Pacific Success Strategy, which aims to increase Pacific learner success and create more opportunities for the Pacific community to study at Unitec.

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