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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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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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