Held every two years the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival – tematatini.co.nz – celebrates the cultural dance of the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Audiences experience the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori food (kai) and local delicacies and shop for Māori arts and crafts. 2019’s event takes place February 20-24 in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington).
Hosts for the event are Te Whanganui-a-Tara collective – the Wellington Māori Cultural Society, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toa and Te Āti Awa.
‘Te Matatini ki te Ao’, has a deeper meaning than its English translation of “the many faces to the world.” Throughout te ao Māori (the Māori world) the suggestion is that the world’s people are invited to participate alongside iwi. The event hosts more than 3,000 of the world’s top kapa haka performers, tens of thousands of supporters and spectators, including local and international visitors.
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.
|Te Ihu – Thursday 21 February 2019||Te Haumi – Friday 22 February 2019||Te Kei – Saturday 23 February 2019|
|1. Te Reanga Morehu o Ratana||1. Te Pikikotuku o Ngāti Rongomai||1. Te Puu Ao|
|2. Hikurangi||2. Tu Te Maungaroa||2. Ngā Manu a Tāne|
|3. Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru||3. Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Kai||3. Ngā Uri Taniwha|
|4. Te Iti Kahurangi||4. Tutarakauika ki Rangataua||4. Tauira Mai Tawhiti|
|5. Matangirau||5. Te Roopū Manutaki||Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Whakaue|
|6. Te Matapihi||6. Te Taha Tū||6. Te Tini o Rehua|
|7. Ōpōtiki-Mai-Tawhiti||7. Te Rerenga Kōtuku||7. Kia Ngāwari|
|8. Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Ranginui||8. Ngā Tumanako||8. Te Waka Huia|
|9. Ruātoki||9. Ngaa Pou o Taniwharau||9. Te Hikuwai|
|10. Te Manu Huia||10. Te Poutūmārō||10. Te Rangiura o Wairarapa|
|11. Ngāti Rangiwewehi||11. Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti||11 Manawa mai Tawhiti|
|12. Te Whānau a Apanui||12. Tu te Manawa Maurea||12. Te Pou-o-Mangataawhiri|
|13. Te Ahikaaroa||13. Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti||13. Te Mātārae I Ōrehu|
|14. Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao||14. Te Tū Mataora||14. Mōtai Tangata Rau|
|15. Muriwhenua||15. Waihīrere||15. Te Hoe ki Matangireia|
|16. Hātea Kapa Haka|
Kudos to the organizers for hosting such an important event. Here are a few recommendations:
1) Provide free, livestreaming video during the event. Check!
2) Tourism New Zealand could provide an explainer and promotion for the event.
Nothing so far
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
Mā tini, mā mano, ka rangatira a kapa haka
Kapa Haka flourishes through the efforts of many
#TEMATATINI 46 kapahaka across New Zealand and Australia are building up to the biggest event on the Māori calendar in 2019.
Whangārei-based, Hātea Kapa Haka are one team who like many others are ‘hitting-the-roads’… https://t.co/3mDjPmj8ew
— Te Kāea (@TeKaeaOfficial) January 21, 2019
#TEMATATINI Aotearoa's premium cultural event Te Matatini will soon be promoted to a worldwide audience thanks to a strategic alliance agreement between Air New Zealand and Te Matatini Society Incorporated. https://t.co/oi4jm4egSA
— Te Kāea (@TeKaeaOfficial) December 20, 2018