Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015

4 - 8 March 2015, North Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand


Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa and Waitaha rohe are proud to present Te Matatini 2015 - Christchurch.

Every two years, Te Matatini organises the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where top kapa haka teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the honour of being crowned the best of the best.  The festival started in 1972 and is now the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts, attracting over 30,000 performers, supporters and visitors. 

The festival is a whānau friendly, smoke, alcohol and drug free event.  It is an opportunity for all people, regardless of culture, background or age to come together, to share and celebrate the richness of Māori culture. 

Over four days audiences can witness the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori and local southern delicacies, shop for Māori arts and crafts and experience cultural exhibitions and workshops.

We invite you to come celebrate the 22nd Te Matatini festival and experience the power and grace of kapa haka. 


Welcome to Waitaha

Every two years, Te Matatini Festival is held in a different rohe (region) around New Zealand.  For 2015, the festival will be hosted by Waitaha rohe.

Waitaha rohe represents the takiwa of Ngāi Tahu commencing from Te Parinui o Whiti on the East Coast, then traveling north-northwesterly to Lake Rotoroa; then northwesterly to Kahurangi Point on the West Coast to Rakiura in the south. 

Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka Waitaha Cultural Council Trust are the lead hosts for the Waitaha rohe, supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Christchurch City Council.  They will lead a hosting workforce of 400 volunteers who will welcome and treat performers and guests to southern hospitality at its finest.

Waitaha Cultural Council is proud to be hosting Te Matatini Festival 2015, the world’s largest celebration of Māori performing arts, with the support of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Christchurch City Council. Te Matatini will awaken the pride of all iwi in the south – it will be our chance to say thank you for the support after the earthquakes.
— Ranui Ngarimu - Chairperson, Waitaha Cultural Council Trust

He Ngākau Aroha - A Loving Heart

The theme of Te Matatini 2015 - Christchurch is "He Ngākau Aroha".

He ngākau aroha is a phrase passed down to whānau by Te Aritaua Pitama of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. The phrase carries with it the whakaaro of humbleness, generosity of spirit and humility.

For the hosts, "he ngākau aroha" expresses the absolute appreciation to all who gave their support to Christchurch after the earthquakes.