In 2009 we held the first Murihiku Polyfest at ILT Stadium Southland which ran for one day. It quickly became clear that there was a need for an event like this in Southland and so the Murihiku Māori & Pasifika Cultural Trust was formed in 2010 to run the annual event. Each year the Polyfest continued to grow and is now a week long event with over 7,500 tamariki and rangatahi taking the stage to perform.
The trust began to run other events to respond to the community needs which included an annual art exhibition and community project, art workshops for educators, youth mentoring, youth arts workshops and more. Our reach continued to grow and we expanded to Central Lakes region, holding the inaugural Central Lakes Polyfest in Queenstown in 2018. We have always been blessed to have a strong volunteer base without which we could not have run the trust. We now have 3 staff members along with a key leader support team and still rely on the amazing support of our volunteers.
In 2019 the trust celebrates the 10th year of becoming a trust. We are excited to launch our new brand Miharo and to be working from our very own new office space at 28 Don Street, Invercargill. We always love to connect with the community so please pop in and say hi.
To support Māori and Pasifika people and culture to be valued and thriving.
To support our vision we will:
- Value and uphold the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.
- Acknowledge and respect the position of local iwi.
- Continue to value and strengthen meaningful relationships with Pasifika communities.
- Continue to maintain and strengthen meaningful relationships with all other cultures.