Polynesian Festival

15 September 2009

Wellington's Opera House will be filled with the sounds of the Pacific when hundreds of local secondary school students get onstage for the annual Tu Tangata Wellington Polynesian Festival on Thursday 24 September.

Roughly translating to 'stand tall and be proud of who you are', Tu Tangata is a chance for young Pacific people to showcase and celebrate their culture. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the festival, which is supported by the City Council. It's the only one of its kind in Wellington.

Featuring cultural performances by Pasifika groups from schools around the Wellington region, the festival will also be attended by the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon Georgina Te Heuheu.

The festival will begin with a haka powhiri at 7.00pm. Tickets cost $5 for children, $10 for adults and $25 for family passes (two adults and three children). You can buy tickets through Ticketek but be in quick - they always sell out fast!