Te Matatini - The Many Faces

Our name, bestowed upon us by Professor Wharehuia Milroy, acknowledges the many faces who bring life to kapa haka. 

Māori Performing Arts brings together people of all ages, all backgrounds, all beliefs, Māori and non-Māori alike, participants and observers. When I look I see many faces, young and old
— Professor Wharehuia Milroy

They include the thousands of Kapa Haka performers, tutors and composers, young and old, who bring Kapa Haka to life every day, at home and on the marae, in schools and communities and at regional, national and international events.

They also include the many individuals and whānau who work tirelessly and voluntarily behind the scenes supporting their rōpū and ensuring Kapa Haka is sustained from the grassroots of iwi, hapu, whānau to the national and international stages.

National organisation for kapa haka in New Zealand

Te Matatini is an incorporated society.  Our story began in 1972 when we were part of the Polynesian Festival.  We grew in size and strength through the 1980s and 90s, and were known as "Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Society".  In 2004, we became Te Matatini Society Incorporated.

- Kaupapa -

Ki te whāngai, ki te whakatipu, ki te manaaki i nga mahi kapa haka kia pūāwai ki ōna taumata
To foster, develop and protect kapa haka in the pursuit of excellence

- Vision -

Mā tini, mā mano ka rangatira a kapa haka
Kapa haka flourishes through the efforts of many

- The Pursuit of Excellence -

We foster, develop and protect traditional Māori performing arts in the pursuit of excellence

Celebrating Kapa Haka Excellence
We own and organise the biennial Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival

Showcasing Kapa Haka Excellence
We fund and support regional kapa haka development, and produce new kapa haka shows

Taking Haka Excellence To The World
We send the best kapa haka overseas to represent Te Matatini and New Zealand at major international events

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2013 Rotorua

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2013 Rotorua

Arohanui - The Greatest Love Show produced by Te Matatini 2011

Arohanui - The Greatest Love Show produced by Te Matatini 2011

Te Waka Huia at Venice Biennale

Te Waka Huia at Venice Biennale