Manukau Courier : March 14th 2014
www.stuff.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 14, 2014 IN BRIEF Head1 3 Jogger grabbed Counties Manukau police are investigating an attempted assault at the Auckland Botanic Gardens on Wednesday morning. A 44-year-old woman was grabbed by an unknown man as she jogged through the park about 8.30am. The man grabbed her from behind and attempted to pull her off the path but she managed to escape. The offender is described as a young man with dark skin, about 180 centimetres tall and skinny. He was wearing a turqouisecoloured hoodie, long black pants and socks but no shoes. Call the crime squad on 261 1321 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information. Inquest delayed Diversity: The Manurewa High School Middle Eastern Dance Group in action during the first day. Photo: PETERMEECHAM. Cultural exchange By TAO LIN IT’S a celebration of firsts and milestones at this year’s ASB Polyfest. The 39th event has attracted a record 62 schools – a huge growth from the inaugural festival in 1976, when just four schools took part. Adding to the excitement of the four-day competition is the muchanticipated appearance of Prime Minister John Key. It’s the first time in about two decades that a sitting primeminister has visited Polyfest. Mr Key is scheduled to attend and speak at a function this afternoon before going behind the scenes at the Tongan stage. A special powhiri started the festi- val on Wednesday morning, where guests were welcomed by Tainui and Pacific Island leaders. Mayor Len Brown said this year is ‘‘historic’’ for Polyfest with the record number of schools taking part. ’’It gets bigger and better each year,’’ he say. ’’The Polynesian spirit is the heart and soul of this place.’’ Wednesday also saw the start of the first competitive diversity stage performances, a category that hasn’t been officially judged until this year. A total of 67 groups from 19 different cultures performed on the diver- Cultural: Students from Aorere College perform in the Indian cultural group on the diversity stage at the 2014 ASB Polyfest. Photos: BEN CAMPBELL Go to manukaucourier.co.nz to see more photos from Polyfest. sity stage, with South African, Hawaiian and Serbian groups featuring for the first time. Tomorrow, the last day of the fes- tival, will see several big rivals battle it out for the top prizes. James Cook High School will be seeking to upset Western Springs College in its bid for three consecu- Concentration: Otahuhu College's Sione Liuanga, 16, performs as part of a Fijian group on the diversity stage at the ASB Polyfest. MOREPHOTOSIN TUESDAY’SPAPER tive division one titles on the Maori stage, while Mangere College will defend its overall title on the Cook Islands stage from 2012 winners Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. ASB Polyfest is taking place at the Manukau Sports Bowl, 1 Boundary Rd. Entry is $5, preschool children free. ❚ Go to asbpolyfest.co.nz for more information. Photo: BEN CAMPBELL. The inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly has been delayed, with no new date yet set. Mrs Farrelly, a mother-of-two and keen cyclist, died in March last year after being hit by a truck while riding with a group of friends near Taupo. The inquest into the Wattle Downs woman’s death was to be held this week in Auckland. It is now likely to be held in Hamilton. Win tickets Here’s your chance to get the kids along to the BNT V8 SuperTourers & Ultimate Family Picnic on March 23 for free. New Zealand’s premier motor racing series is being held at Pukekohe Raceway and Manukau Courier readers have a chance to win one of 10 Ultimate Family Picnic Passes that include: Track admission for 2 adults and 4 children 16 and under; infield car park, with picnic site next to the entertainment zone; grid walk passes so you can head out on to the track prior to the main race and meet star drivers, including Greg Murphy, and check out their V8 Supertourer race machines. It’s OK to take your chilly bin full of food and drink, a little barbecue, chairs and blankets. Inside the family picnic zone will be a giant rock climbing cone, an inflatable obstacle course and tyre races. Go to v8st.co.nz/ Freefamilypassdraw.html to enter.
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