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Te Matatini mahau arrives

Four containers holding the Te Matatini mahau arrived in Hagley Park this morning. The mahau (front porch) will be erected to frame the main stage for Te Matatini 2015, which will feature 45 kapa haka teams from throughout New Zealand, competing in a 4-day festival from March 4-8. The arrival of the containers signals the…

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Te Matatini web series.

As part of the build up to Te Matatini 2015, the office is producing a five-episode web series, which you will be able to watch on www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz. The series is designed to document the journey to Te Matatini 2015 and celebrate Ngāi Tahu kapa haka. Episode one: What is Te Matatini? We will be talking…

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Maatakiwi Wakefield – a passion for kapa haka

Maatakiwi Wakefield lives and breathes kapa haka, so it’s no surprise to learn she is enthusiastic about her involvement with Te Matatini 2015. Maatakiwi (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Mutunga) is the Kaihautū of Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata. In this role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the rūnanga and…

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Te Matatini – count down to March 2015!

We are talking with the members of Te Pātuitanga – the Te Matatini 2015 governance group, the Waitaha Cultural Council, Te Matatini Society Inc team and executive members and Mana Whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who will be discussing the kaupapa and responsibilities that come with hosting Te Matatini, 2015 the world’s largest Māori event.

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Advocating Māori excellence

For Watson Ohia, kapa haka is not just about what you see on stage, it’s a way of life; it’s something that we as Maori do far beyond the stage, when we honour, when we celebrate, when we grieve, when we have something important to say. We can say it our way. “It’s a key…

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Carols at the Pā

A happy crowd of over 200 people gathered at Rehua Marae in St Albans on Friday night, to celebrate the arrival of Christmas with Carols at the Pā. Whānau were treated to kapa haka, carol singing, Mama Koko, Christmas costume competitions, food stalls, lucky prize draws and other live entertainment. This is the second year…

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Multi-cultural festival kicks off

More than 80 school groups representing 10 nationalities will take part in this year’s Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival at CBS Canterbury Arena from September 1-5. The festival celebrates New Zealand’s Māori culture through kapa haka and performances from the many cultural groups attending our schools. The theme for the 2014 event is ‘Tua takoto…

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Kim Wetini

Te Matatini profile – Kim Wetini

Kim 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…

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Haka!

Maani Stirling started kapa haka as a seven-year-old because his dad John told him to. “Me and all my brothers had to do it, but not all of us carried on.” Is it a passion, this love for kapa haka? “It’s something that I do, that I am,” he says. “It’s in the blood.”

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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…

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