Te Matatini 2015 Festival – Waitaha says thank you

The Waitaha Cultural Council, Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu wish to thank all those people that have contributed to make Te Matatini 2015 a spectacular event.

It has been a complete and utter pleasure and an honour to host the nation in Ōtautahi for Te Matatini,” says Waitaha Cultural Council chair Ranui Ngarimu.

To all the kaihaka (performers), the team management , the whānau tautoko (supporters), and the public of Christchurch, thank you, thank you, thank you! We at Waitaha Cultural Council are so grateful for the opportunity we have had to manaaki you over the past four days. And to all the hundreds of fabulous volunteers who have given their time and efforts freely, a special thank you to each and every one of you.

Huge crowds have attended the biennial festival at Putaringamotu (North Hagley Park) in a showcase of the best of Māori performing arts in the world.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the Christchurch City Council has embraced the festival theme He Ngākau Aroha.

Our support of Te Matatini 2015 has enabled the city to show our thanks and aroha in a tangible way to all those people and communities that assisted during the earthquakes. I am so pleased that the festival has been so well attended and such a resounding success, my only regret is that it will be another 24 years before Christchurch gets to host Te Matatini again.

Te Rūnanga o Ngaā Tahu kaiwhakahaere Ta Mark Solomon says Ngāi Tahu couldn’t be more pleased with how Te Matatini has gone.

Most important for us has been the opportunity to reciprocate the manaakitanga and whanaungatanga extended to us during the earthquakes. This has only been able to happen through the hard work of the Waitaha Cultural Council, the Christchurch City Council and Te Matatini, and its partners. Our thanks goes out to the people of Christchurch who have embraced this event.

However I must reserve my biggest thank you to the 45 teams from Aotearoa and Australia that brought us the best of the best in kapa haka – they were all amazing – and congratulations to Te Kapa Haka o Te Whanau a Apanui from Mataatua who were the top team this year.