Kapa haka


Waitaha at Te Matatini 2017

  The newly founded Waitaha kapa haka team Te Poutūmārō, competed at their first Te Matatini festival in Hawkes Bay Sports Park, in Hastings on February 22-26. Te Poutūmārō competed alongside three other teams representing the South Island and all gave their best performance over the four-day event. Along with the three other Waitaha groups,…

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Top line-up for Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi Showcase

Some of the country’s best known contemporary Māori performers will top the bill at the family-friendly Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi Showcase on Saturday 21 November. He Waka Kōtuia, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, Rob Ruha, the Modern Māori Quartet and Beau Monga & Crew will all take to the stage for the evening showcase, which…

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Te Matatini 2015 Festival – Waitaha says thank you

The Waitaha Cultural Council, Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu wish to thank all those people that have contributed to make Te Matatini 2015 a spectacular event. It has been a complete and utter pleasure and an honour to host the nation in Ōtautahi for Te Matatini,” says Waitaha Cultural Council chair…

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Kapa haka day – four – Te Matangirua

It’s here whānau – the final day of competition at the Te Matatini Festival, 2015. Rain has fallen on Putaringamotu/North Hagley Park overnight and the parched dusty ground has become muddy in parts. Our Waitaha groups are absent from the line-up, but this isn’t dampening spirits. Our Waitaha volunteers – ever ready – have spread…

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Te Matatini competition continues

Day three at Te Matatini 2015 in North Hagley Park, saw the kapa haka teams in the Te Kei section take to the stage. These were the final 15 teams to perform and every group met with loud crowd approval. The rain returned but no one cared and by the evening the semi-finalists were announced….

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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 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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Te Matatini web series.

As part of the build up to Te Matatini 2015, the office is producing a five-episode web series, which you will be able to watch on www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz. The series is designed to document the journey to Te Matatini 2015 and celebrate Ngāi Tahu kapa haka. Episode one: What is Te Matatini? We will be talking…

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