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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.

Ngāti Kahungunu hosts Te Matatini February 22 - 26, 2017 at the Hawke's Bay Sports Park. Hashtag: #TeMatatini2017

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.

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

Te Matatini Timetable 2017, Day 1 @maoritv


Key Links

http://www.tematatini.co.nz - Facebook - @TeMatatini - Tickets
https://www.maoritelevision.com - https://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/te-matatini-2015 - Youtube
http://www.hakarongomai.com - https://www.facebook.com/hakarongomai


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Compare and Contrast

To better understand this event, we’re asking readers to compare and contrast the annual Guelaguetza celebration in Mexico to the biannual Te Matatini in New Zealand. One aspect of the Kiwi celebration we particularly like is that English-language translation service is broadcast on local radio and streamed online so that those who do not understand the Māori language have some interpretation, a service sorely lacking with Guelaguetza. We’ll discuss this further during Indigenous Peoples Week.

Compare and Contast: Guelaguetza and Te Matatini #ipw6 #rtweek17

Te Matatini 2017: Kapa Haka Aotearoa

Winners: Te Whanau a Apanui

A Maori cultural group from eastern Bay of Plenty, Te Whanau a Apanui, were judged the outright winners of Te Matatini National Kapa Haka festival.

Finals: Top Nine

1. Te Pou o Mangatāwhiri - Tainui
2. Ngā Tūmanako - Tamaki Makaura
3. Te Waka Huia - Tamaki Makaura
4. Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti - Te Tairawhiti
5. Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau-a-Apanui - Mataatua
6. Waihīrere - Te Tairawhiti
7. Te Mātārae I Ōrehu - Te Arawa
8. Te Iti Kahurangi - Tainui
9. Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti - Mataatua

Highlights from Maori Television


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Aroha (Love) - Aotearoa (New Zealand) - Caretakership - Competition - Earthquake - Haka - Kai (Food) - Kapa Haka - Livestreaming - Manuhiri - Matariki - Poi - Pōwhiri - Pukana - Rangimarie (Peace) - Rōpū - Te Matatini - Te Whakarae (Finals) - Waca (Canoe) - Waiata (Song)



Te Matatini 2015

Te Matatini 2015 began with a public pōwhiri at North Hagley Park, Christchurch. The kapa haka competition took place over three pool rounds March 5-7. 45 teams compete for the honor of being crowned the best of the best. The top 3 qualifiers from each pool went on to compete in the Finals day competition on March 8.

It has been 29 years since Waitaha (Canterbury) hosted what then known as the Polynesian Festival.

Organizers expected the festival to bring about $6 million into the Christchurch economy.

Live Video

Te Matatini 2017

Māori Television for the first time will be providing full LIVE coverage of Te Matatini 2015. Every day, every rōpū LIVE.
Te Matatini 2015: Every day, every rōpū LIVE goeblocked is what I say.

The Thursday to Saturday preliminaries will be LIVE on Te Reo Channel and Sunday’s top 9 finals LIVE on Māori Television. Daily LIVE coverage kicks off at 8:30am. You can also watch the online LIVEstream via facebook. Please note: Live web stream and On Demand video is only available to viewers in Australia and New Zealand.

For viewers outside of Australasia, via hakatv.com with a pay per view option.

What are the benefits of free, livestreaming Te Matatini? The same as livestreaming Guelaguetza from Oaxaca, Mexico: Prestige ... and in the age of the social web, the literal tentpole for showcasing indigenous culture.

Live Audio

Hakarongo Mai provides a free, simultaneous English translation service throughout live stage performances at the biennial Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival. The service aired its first translated broadcast in 2007 after Te Matatini festival organisers recognised a need to cater for the significant numbers of visitors and particularly English speaking audiences attending the festival.

The service has continued to grow in popularity, and demand, with subsequent festivals in Tauranga Moana, Gisborne and Rotorua. This year, festival goers are able to listen in on their smart phones and access free Wi-Fi, while those who aren't attending can tune in to the Christchurch frequency 103.3FM, link in to the live stream or download and listen to the podcasts.

The Hakarongo Mai English translation service is funded by Te Mangai Paho.

Recordings of the performance are available online Irirangi.net

Sat, 07 Mar 15 10:07 +13:00
Day 3 Group 31 Tuutuu Kaa'ika - Part Two
Tuutuu Kaa'ika Part Two. Performance translated by Lewis Moeau and Rangi McGarvey. www.hakarongomai.com Listen

The Action Song
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Contacts (May 2015)

Te Matatini chairman Selwyn Parata
Te Matatini Society's Executive Director Darrin Apanui



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