Te Matatini 2015


Te Matatini provides wellbeing boost

In March 2015 Christchurch hosted Te Matatini, the largest Māori gathering in Aotearoa, and over 30,000 spectators and participants attended the Hagley Park-based event. Community and Public Health Māori Relationship Manager Gail McLauchlan says Te Matatini was an amazing opportunity to celebrate Māori culture, health and wellbeing. (Community and Public Health is a division of…

Read More

Pūtaringamotu and Te Matatini – Timelapse

It’s our pleasure to bring to you a snippet of the set-up of Pūtaringamotu and footage of the Te Matatini event. Enjoy whānau! Ka nui te mihi kau ki a Tiki Tāne, ā, ki a DubXL mō te waiata ‘Summertime’ hei kīnaki i tēnei whakaaturanga. A huge thank you and acknowledge to Tiki Tāne and…

Read More

He Toki students shine at Te Matatini

Around 50 He Toki ki te Rika Māori Trades Training and Pasifika Trades Training students, alongside CPIT staff, helped to make Te Matatini 2015 the memorable event it was from 4-8 March. Programme Manager, Māori Trades Training, Hemi Te Hemi says the students worked on painting, building and installing various features of the site venue…

Read More

The Waitaha groups

EPISODE TWO – THE WAITAHA GROUPS In this episode we talk with the three qualifying Waitaha groups, Ngā Manu a Tāne, Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi and Te Pao a Tahu, who will represent the region at Te Matatini 2015. Each group will share the origins and the kaupapa matua of their groups and the vibe…

Read More

Local support for Te Matatini 2015

The saying many hands make light work, is fitting for Te Matatini 2015, as many organisations from around the Waitaha region are offering to support this year’s competition. Environment Canterbury (Ecan), the Department of Conservation (DoC), and Christchurch-based charitable trust, Greening the Rubble have all generously offered to provide different resources for the event. Over…

Read More

Taoka pūoro wānaka for Te Matatini

Traditional Ngāi Tahu instruments will be showcased during the Te Matatini 2015 pōwhiri in North Hagley Park, Christchurch on 4 March. Tony Smith, (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Irakehu), one of the tutors for a planned taoka pūoro wānaka to be held at Ōtākou Marae from 30 January to 1 February, says Te Matatini gives the…

Read More

Ngāi Tahu artists prepare Te Matatini venue

A team of Ngāi Tahu artists have rallied together to dress the venue for Te Matatini 2015. Ngāi Tahu artist, Nathan Pohio (Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri) coordinates the group and is currently helping to support and facilitate 20 art related projects for dressing the site for Te Matatini. Besides assisting artists he has several projects to…

Read More

Feeding the thousands

Stan Tawa (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa) is a man who can handle the heat in the kitchen. As catering coordinator for Te Matatini 2015 in Christchurch, Stan will be in charge of supervising the large hākari – a first for Te Matatini and a massive job for the hosts, Waitaha Cultural…

Read More

Te Matatini 2015 – A chance to give back

It was a dream come true for Rangimarie Parata Takurua, when she heard Waitaha had been announced as the hosts for Te Matatini 2015. “I was crying – I felt like I had won Te Matatini,” she says. The theme of Te Matatini 2015 will be He Ngākau Aroha – A Loving Heart. Rangimarie says…

Read More

Maatakiwi Wakefield – a passion for kapa haka

Maatakiwi Wakefield lives and breathes kapa haka, so it’s no surprise to learn she is enthusiastic about her involvement with Te Matatini 2015. Maatakiwi (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Mutunga) is the Kaihautū of Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata. In this role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the rūnanga and…

Read More