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). It has an open door policy, where all people are welcome to come and experience timeless traditions.
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 took place February 20-24 in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington). Auckland’s Ngā Tūmanako won the national kapa haka championship. Full results
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.
New in 2019 – Live translation in Mandarin Chinese!
In addition to the performance, DOC invite visitors to kōrero with them about being kaitiaki for whenua and wai.. Aroha Hughes, Community Ranger for Te Matatini, says the event is a huge celebration of Māori culture and a great opportunity to kōrero kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) with people from around the world. “We will get a huge buzz from being part of this festival of te ao Māori.
Ngāti Whātua hosts Te Matatini at Auckland’s Eden Park.
Haka Translate – hakatranslate.nz – provides a free, simultaneous English translation service throughout live stage performances at the biennial Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival. In 2019, during Te Matatini ki te Ao, a multilingual service will be provided with the introduction of Mandarin translations. Haka Translate (formerly Hakarongo Mai) aired its first translated broadcast in 2007 after Te Matatini festival organisers recognised a need to cater for the signficant numbers of tourists and English speaking audiences attending the festival. The service has continued to grow in popularity, and demand, with subsequent festivals in Tauranga Moana, Gisborne, Rotorua, Christchurch and Hastings.
What is Te Matatini? – Radio NZ
Te Matatini: Ngā Tūmanako win national kapa haka championship – Radio NZ
Incredible video of te reo Māori rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody
The evolution of Haka, Countdown to Te Matatini – RadioNZ
Resounding political statements from Te Matatini stage
Meet the DOC Whanau at Te Matatini
Watch: How to care for your taonga – Te Papa
From jandals to aroha – a survival kit for Te Matatini fans – RadioNZ
Chinese man to translate kapa haka festival’s te reo Māori into Mandarin – Newshub
Tiaki’s tremendous travels for Te Matatini
The festival prides itself on being whānau (family) friendly, smoke-, and alcohol-free event.
|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) Provide real-time captions. Bonus points for translations
3) Tourism New Zealand could provide an explainer and promotion for the event.
Nothing so far
4) More maps! We’d love to know where the groups are from
5) Connect Te Matatini with other events, including Māori Language Week
6) Global viewing parties
Mā tini, mā mano, ka rangatira a kapa haka
Kapa Haka flourishes through the efforts of many
Hātea Kapa Haka
#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 Ao – Māori News (@TeAo_Official) December 20, 2018
— Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (@NLNZ) February 18, 2019
From jandals to aroha – a survival kit for Te Matatini fans https://t.co/txcDHM9sUp
— RNZ News (@rnz_news) February 17, 2019
"It's scary, it's daunting, you feel all your ancestors and all your tūpuna when you get on stage."https://t.co/vO31vlrDNA
— RNZ (@radionz) February 20, 2019
— Tara Fagan (@Taranz1) February 19, 2019
— Te Kaunihera o Pōneke (@WgtnCC) February 19, 2019
How to care for piupiu, kete and hei tiki at home (in te reo Māori and English) – check out these step-by-step videos with neat storage tips we put together for #tematatini w/ our @Te_Papa colleagues: https://t.co/a8ko1BLkaQ
— New Zealand Museums (@nzmuseums) February 19, 2019
— Te Papa (@Te_Papa) February 19, 2019
Te Matatini fest kicks off with pōwhiri on Wellington's waterfront | RNZ News – https://t.co/u3so7pwDrD
— Te Karere Ipurangi (@Karere) February 20, 2019
Our rangers will be part of Te Matatini ki te Ao celebrations in Wellington this weekend. But they will leave the kapa haka performances to the experts, and instead invite visitors to kōrero with them about being kaitiaki for our whenua and wai: https://t.co/fFZHNz5qjh pic.twitter.com/2FWoQlcnHy
— Department of Conservation (@docgovtnz) February 20, 2019
Kapa haka has taken our senior designer Tiaki Terekia on journeys equivalent to more than three times around the planet.
— TWoA (@twoa) February 15, 2019
Ok it's not a word.. But it's word play in Te reo Māori 😬 pic.twitter.com/gNN0aSw08Y
— Stacey Morrison (@formerlydaniels) February 20, 2019
Resoundng political statements from Te Matatini stage https://t.co/vlAydb1ePB
— RNZ Te Ao Māori (@RNZTeAoMaori) February 22, 2019
Still to come, kapa haka groups use Te Matatini to make a political statement to parliament – @leighmarama
— Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) February 21, 2019
— RNZ Te Ao Māori (@RNZTeAoMaori) February 21, 2019
It's Day 3 of Te Matatini ki te Ao Kapa Haka Festival! Another full schedule of amazing performances, and the weather is looking good! @TeMatatini #tematatini #TeMatatini2019 #tematatinikiteao pic.twitter.com/8xjyFutATv
— Sky Stadium (@skystadium) February 22, 2019
— Archives New Zealand (@ArchivesNZ) February 22, 2019