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 Orehu (Te Arawa). The trophy was named by Tahu Pōtiki and designed and carved by Poutini artisans, Fayne Robinson and Turi Gibb using the finest pounamu.

Susan Wallace, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Representative spoke about how thrilled she was to see this taonga presented at Te Matatini 2017.

“What started as an informal chat two years ago between Paul Madgwick and I at the last Te Matatini hosted in Ōtautahi, has resulted in such a wonderful expression of home and of Poutini Kāi Tahu,” says Susan.

Both Poutini rūnanga – Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga – contributed pounamu from the region. The box which houses the taonga has been crafted using rimu from the Poutini coast with kōwhaiwhai from the heke of each Whare Tipuna, Tuhuru and Kaipo.

“We hope that the taoka itself and any visit to the pounamu rich coastlines of Poutini will bring with it its own personal journey of the soul and the spirit,” says Susan.

The  biennial Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where elite kapa haka performers from around New Zealand and Australia come together to compete, was hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu this year. The overall kaupapa (theme) for this year’s event was Te Kahu o Te Amorangi.