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. A record 47 teams compete upon the 23rd national Te Matatini festival stage.
Ngāti Kahungunu hosted Te Matatini February 22 – 26, 2017 at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park, renamed Kahungunu Park for the month. The event will attract 15,000 visitors each day. Hashtags: #TeMatatini2017,
Also keep an eye on the Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/TeMatatini.
The last time the festival was held in the Kahungunu tribal region was in 1983 when the event was known as the Polynesian Festival. The local iwi has designed an interactive website – http://www.tekahuoteamorangi.com – to help 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. Check!
Check! There is an English-language translated version
and a version without translation: https://www.maoritelevision.com/haka/te-matatini which seems to have less buffering problems. I know it’s a lot to ask, but it would be great if we could embed the videos on other sites (like this one), but that’s not available from Maori Television.
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
Nothing so far
4) Connect Te Matatini with other events, including Māori Language Week
5) Global viewing parties
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival