Te Matatini


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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New Te Matatini trophy gifted by Poutini Ngāi Tahu

A new trophy, Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini,  gifted by representatives from Poutini Ngāi Tahu was awarded for excellence in te reo written composition at Te Matatini 2017 in Hawkes Bay. Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini – the gentle rippling waves of the Poutini coast – was presented to the category winners Te Matarae I…

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He Koha – He Ngākau Aroha

Kataore was one of six groups representing the Te Arawa region at Te Matatini 2015. Their whakawātea (exit) – one of the many connections of Ngāti Pikiao to Ngāi Tahu – talked about the master carvers who traveled to Christchurch to help carve Ārai-te-uru Pā, the pā built in Hagley Park for the New Zealand International Exhibition 1906/07.

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From the CEO

Having applauded the innovative way Ngāti Waewae brought tradition to life through the wāhine mau rākau at the opening of Tūhuru Arahura Marae, I was taken aback to hear criticism of wāhine in these roles. I asked myself, “Is this really the 21st century?” as our history clearly shows wāhine took on these roles far earlier than this.

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Te Matatini Web Series episode 5 part 2

Here we have the final episode of the Te Matatini Web Series, He Ngākau Aroha. In this episode we talk with Mana Whenua (Ngāi Tūāhuriri), the governance group, Te Pātuitanga and the chairman and executive director of Te Matatini who provide feedback on how the festival went. We also talk with haka experts who tell…

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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…

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Te Matatini 2015

The pōwhiri is about to begin. Two great encampments stand before the mānuka palisades, Ngāi Tahu to the east, the motu to the west. The Rātana band lines up. Warriors pad through the crowd to take their place out front, patu pounamu cradled in their arms. One breaks away to greet a kaumātua. They grasp shoulders in a quick fierce hongi, voices quiet.

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Te Matatini episode five, part one

Welcome to the final episode of the Te Matatini Web Series, He Ngākau Aroha. For this episode it is in two parts. Part one will look at the pōwhiri, the venue, Pūtaringamotu, the market area and also capturing what Te Matatini means to people from around the motu.

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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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