Te Matatini 2015 – half way to volunteer target

The Waitaha Cultural Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are encouraged to see registrations  are climbing and have nearly reached the half-way mark of the 400 volunteer kaimahi needed for Te Matatini 2015.

Please keep up the good work and spread the word whānau. We encourage all Papatipu Rūnanga and whānau to get involved as we prepare to host Te Matatini, the premier national kapa haka event in Hagley Park, 4-8 March 2015.

There are all sorts of roles supporting this kaupapa – gathering and preparing kai, kapa haka liaison, information centre assistance, car parking and entry wardens, front and back stage assistants, venue clean-up, corporate lounge, kaumātua and tamariki areas, arts and craft stalls and exhibitions, administration support, catering, te mea, te mea, te mea.

If you have already registered as a volunteer, thank you very much for doing so and you can expect us to get in touch around mid-year, with further information.

With the nation’s regional kapa haka competitions nearly complete, teams are already starting to look around for accommodation options in and around Christchurch ahead of Te Matatini 2015. If you have some good ideas regarding potential accommodation for groups of 40-plus manuhiri, please email [email protected] with the details and a phone number you can be contacted on.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to treat our manuhiri to southern Māori hospitality at its finest. We are planning to surround the kapa haka stage with a vibrant festival featuring the best of Ngāi Tahu and southern cuisine, arts and crafts, entertainment and activities.

The theme of Te Matatini 2015 is He Ngākau Aroha – it is our chance to say thank you and reciprocate the aroha, care and support shown by all iwi around the country after the earthquakes.

Te Matatini 2015 will be a whānau-friendly, smoke-free, fizzy drink-free, alcohol and drug-free event, where everyone is welcome. Please visit the Waitaha website www.waitahacc.co.nz or call 0800 KAI TAHU and register your interest. You can also ‘like’ Waitaha Cultural Council on Facebook and encourage others by spreading the word.