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 tarpaulins and ground cover over problem areas, ensuring festival goers can move comfortably and safely around the festival.

A mihi from Selwyn Parata, Kaihautu, Te Matatini Society, is up on facebook this morning, acknowledging the mahi of all the festival workers and volunteers…

“…I just want to say to all the … workers that their practice of manaaki and looking after the visitors, whoever they may be, how old they are – it doesn’t matter what their age is, they have been excellent.”

Meanwhile the kapa haka fans have their eyes glued to the Mahau – who will become the new Toa Whakaihuwaka and win the title of national kapa haka champion at the prize giving, starting at 3:25pm.