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Te Matatini 2015 – More than performance

Rain arrived for the morning of the second day of competition at Te Matatini 2015 but no one seemed to mind. Committed kapa haka fans still poured through the gates as soon as they were open and by the time Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga took to the stage as the first competitors of the day,…

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Te Pao a Tahu tutor Corban Te Aika reflects

Corban Te Aika, who is the Pouako/Kaitātaki Tāne (the tutor and male leader) for Te Pao a Tahu is still buzzing 24 hours after the rōpū walked on stage at Te Matatini 2015. Te Pao o Tahu was the first of the Waitaha groups to perform.

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Competition Begins

An eerie mist hung over North Hagley Park for the first morning of Te Matatini 2015 competition. Committed kapa haka fans arrived early, as soon as the gates opened at 7am, all vying for the best spots and wrapping themselves in coats and blankets. One pair announced “We’re from Perth, this is cold for us,”…

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Te Matatini web series – episode 4

In this episode we talk with the planning coordinators who are setting up areas for Te Matatini. We also spend time with Mana Whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and discuss the planning and preparation of the pōwhiri.

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Te Matatini 2015 Pōwhiri

After nearly two years of planning, Te Matatini 2015 is underway in North Hagley Park, Christchurch. Around 5, 000 people were present for the Wednesday pōwhiri, which signalled the beginning of the 4-day kapa haka festival. Manuhiri (guests), were led into the park by the Ratana band, before pounamu was presented to representatives from the…

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1986 Polynesian Festival

In this episode we recollect the 1986 Polynesian Festival. We talk with the some of the members of the 1986 Polynesian Festival Organising Committee about their roles and responsibilities in the planning and during the festival. We also talk to some of the 1986 performers from Waitaha and discuss their practices and performance. We acknowledge…

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Te Matatini mahau arrives

Four containers holding the Te Matatini mahau arrived in Hagley Park this morning. The mahau (front porch) will be erected to frame the main stage for Te Matatini 2015, which will feature 45 kapa haka teams from throughout New Zealand, competing in a 4-day festival from March 4-8. The arrival of the containers signals the…

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Coming home

Tamar McLeod Sinclair may have left New Zealand on a one-way ticket back in 2005 to pursue her singing career but she still feels closely connected to her Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Currently back in New Zealand for a whirlwind tour that includes one-off concerts in Auckland and Wellington, Tamar draws on her roots to deliver…

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Whānau Easter Party

Come along and join the KMK Easter celebrations. This is an opportunity to meet other whānau interested in te reo, learn new kupu and kīwaha and look at a language plan for the year. Nau mai, haere mai. This event is for all language levels beginners-advanced. Pre-registration is essential – limited spaces. Click here for…

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Whānau Haereka ki Ōtepoti

Leap in to the year and te reo with the KMK whānau. Come along and join us at Leap Indoor Trampoline Park. We will have exclusive use of the facility including fun, whānau friendly (bouncy) activities. This is an opportunity to meet other whānau interested in te reo, learn new kupu and kīwaha and leap…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism prepares for the next generation visitor

One of New Zealand’s leading online marketing professionals, Martyn Whitley, has joined Ngāi Tahu Tourism to lead the company’s digital strategy across its many iconic experiences, including Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Dart River and Shotover Jet in the South Island and Rainbow Springs and Agrodome in the North Island. Chief Executive for Ngāi Tahu Tourism,…

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Whenua Kura announces new Māori Farming Diploma

Ngāi Tahu-led agricultural initiative Whenua Kura has announced the introduction of Lincoln University’s signature Diploma in Agriculture, to the Whenua Kura suite of programmes. Starting in March, 2015, the Level 5 qualification is a one-year programme offering an introduction to agriculture, and the associated skills necessary for a successful farming career. Areas of focus include:…

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