For many Pākehā, our time here began on land that had been stolen (sorry, "confiscated") from the people to whom it belonged, writes Richard Shaw.
China is now New Zealand's biggest trading partner, but some people have reservations about the closeness of this relationship.
Sustainability in the art space.
"They thought it was an interesting painting before they turned it around..."
The festival will showcase more than 100 performances.
Until we address the inequities and disadvantages some of our whānau face, we cannot truly celebrate, writes Ella Henry.
The reality star's choice of jewellery was called "deeply trivialising" and "hurtful".
"A positive outcome of this incident is that we now have open dialogue with at least one auction house in New Zealand."
"He leaves a great big hole in our lives but not in our hearts."
"It's important to get that back."
"This is cool... the brushwork is impecka-table."
New Zealand may seem like a safe haven, but the ugly undertones of racism against Asians exist here too.
"Just stop bruh, you look stupid and this ain't it."
The festival has endured a challenging two years - but it's back and bigger than ever.
"It's 2021 and people are still out here openly clowning tangata whenua like this."
Massey University sociologist professor Paul Spoonley says there are signs that people with anti-Islamic views were beginning to re-emerge.
"The options were looked at thoroughly by the family because we knew how much it meant to everybody."
"It's the only practical way I can tie down my hair".
Polyfest normally attracts about 100,000 people to watch secondary schools compete for the winning title.
A Wellington legend has been brought to life by a stunning art installation