"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
"It is a disappointing decision made for the wrong reasons," Brown said.
Equality under Te Tiriti is not about looking like, talking like, smelling like and acting like Trevor Mallard, writes Rawiri Waititi.
The Waiariki MP was ejected from the chamber for not adhering to the dress code.
As many as two-thirds of New Zealand-born Pasifika now have Māori whakapapa as well.
The fondant genitals and underwear stirred anger on social media, leading to the baker's arrest.
The statuary park is partly in response to the ongoing attacks on historical monuments.
"I don't want to attack children - but at the core, every way you look at it, it's cultural appropriation."
The unexpected performance has some accusing the family of cultural appropriation.
The mural shows the woman’s false teeth propelled through the air.
It shows how "terrifying" and "totally normalised" the discriminatory technology has become, a video surveillance expert says.
Chelsea Winstanley says it shows Māori storytelling "resonates with the world".
"Songwriting for us is a cathartic process... topics we feel should be more acceptable to have open conversations about."