Te Matatini profile – Kim Wetini

Kim WetiniKim Wetini is a self-confessed ‘kapa haka freak’ from way back and she is looking forward to amazing performances and fierce competition at Te Matatini next year.

Kim (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Rongomaiwahine) is the Kaiwhakarite at Te Puni Kōkiri in Ōtautahi. She also juggles a second role – working as the volunteer coordinator for Te Matatini 2015.

Kim is married to Irirangi and has four children – Horowai, Mason, Mātāmua, Te Atamarie. She also has two mokopuna.

Kim is well placed to act as the volunteer coordinator as kapa haka has been a long-standing tradition in Kim’s whānau. Her family created the kapa haka group ‘Mātauranga Māori Club’, and they had the honor of performing at the 1974 Commonwealth Games opening. She has judged regional kapa haka events, and is still an active member in two kapa haka groups -Te Ahikaaroa and Te Ahikōmau.

Her role as volunteer coordinator involves a lot of mahi and dedication. Her daily tasks are quite varied but she says that communicating with potential stakeholders is essential to ensuring the event is a success.

So far, 250 whānau have registered as volunteers. About 5 per cent of these are from areas outside Ōtautahi and the youngest helper is just 14-years-old. Ideally Te Matatini will need around 400 volunteers to tautoko the busy, five-day event.

There are a number of roles open to whānau who are interested in volunteering. These include assisting at the pōwhiri or the hākari, administrative support, hosting whānau and catering; the list is very broad.

Kim says all of the volunteers will receive the necessary training ahead of Te Matatini, before the decision is made as to whether or not a person can lead a team or be a part of a team.

She believes it is important that volunteers also know the history of Te Matatini, Ngāi Tahu as an iwi and the history of Christchurch as a rohe, before going into their specific roles.

Registered Ngāi Tahu volunteers are also able to apply to the Ngāi Tahu Fund Committee for funding to help with travel and accommodation costs. The final closing date for applications is 26 September 2014.

The theme for Te Matatini 2015 is He Ngākau Aroha- it’s our turn whānau to manaakitanga the more than 30,000 manuhiri that are expected to attend.

Kim says that Te Matatini is about creating positive and everlasting memories for our rangatahi.

For information about volunteering visit http://waitahacc.co.nz.