Held every two years Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival celebrates the cultural dance of the Māori people of New Zealand. Over four days audiences experience the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori food (kai) and local delicacies and shop for Māori arts and crafts. More than 40 teams are set to take the 23rd national Te Matatini festival stage.
The last time the festival was held in the Kahungunu tribal region was in 1983. The iwi has designed an interactive website – http://www.tekahuoteamorangi.com – of information to visitors prepare for a memorable stay in Kahungunu. Also keep an eye on the Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/TeMatatini.
The festival prides itself on being whānau (family) friendly, smoke, and alcohol free event. It has an open door policy, where all people are welcome to come and experience timeless traditions.
Wishlist for Te Matatini 2017
Kudos to the organizers for hosting such an important event. Here are a few recommendations:
1) Provide free, livestreaming video during the event
2) Tourism New Zealand could provide an explainer and promotion for the event
3) More maps! We’d love to know where the groups are from
4) Connect Te Matatini with other events, including Māori Language Week
5) Global viewing parties