Our Strategic Partners


Te Puni Kōkiri

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Te Matatini has become an iconic biennial event in the Māori calendar.
At Te Puni Kōkiri, we support whānau actively participating in events that
celebrate freedom of cultural expression and strong cultural identity. It has
been 45 years since the first competitions of this nature were held, and its
following, both here and overseas, continues to grow. The Festival enables
us to tell our history, share our reo, and sing our waiata. It remains perhaps the
purest expression of contemporary Māori culture - an authentically Māori event. For these reasons, hundreds of whānau across the motu and the globe have trained and worked tirelessly to be here. Te Puni Kōkiri recognises the wider benefits of whānau participation in Te Matatini competitions – to support freedom of cultural expression which in turn can create a more connected and strengthened sense of national identity.



The Ministry of Education

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The Ministry of Education and Te Matatini Society Inc acknowledge that celebrating authentic Māori identity, language and culture is critical to Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori. Through the iconic art of kapa haka, our strategic partnership inspires educational excellence.

The Ministry of Education is the steward of the education system, covering early childhood education through to tertiary. We support families, whānau, iwi and communities, and the education system as a whole, to lift aspiration and raise educational achievement for every New Zealander. We want to work more with parents and whānau. They are vital support for every child’s education journey.



Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori will lead the coordination of implementation of the new Maihi Karauna – the government’s strategy for Māori language. Together with the Maihi Māori led by the new independent body Te Mātāwai, this results in a powerful partnership for the revitalisation and regeneration of te reo Māori.

Te Taura Whiri has a new focus on government agencies – each of which under the new law is responsible for helping revitalisation. It will also focus on wider New Zealand society. The result will be more places where Māori can be used, more visibility of te reo Māori, greater pride in te reo Māori as part of our national identity, and an environment in which the transmission of te reo Māori from generation to generation is encouraged and celebrated. This year’s Māori Language Week (September 11-17) theme reflects this focus: Kia Ora te reo Māori.


NZ Māori Arts and Craft Institute

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Our strategic partnership with NZ Māori Arts and Craft Institute (NZMACI) began in 2009 and combines the best of kapa haka with the best of Toi Māori. The Te Matatini Mahau, carved by NZMACI and unveiled in 2013 frames our main festival stage and is a testament to excellence and this relationship.



 The University of Waikato

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The University of Waikato has been a strategic partner of the Te Matatini Society since 2009. Both parties have a mutual interest in developing Māori leadership in performing arts, to further promote Māori achievement, te reo Māori, kapa haka and judging excellence.  

The University of Waikato has strong links with Māori and traditionally has staff, students and alumni participating in the many facets of Te Matatini – New Zealand’s National kapa haka competition and leading Māori cultural performing arts festival. As a University, we stand out by embracing a high-profile Māori identity and heritage as key features of our distinctiveness. Over the years we have excelled in the teaching and research of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori, and increasingly are introducing Māori expertise campus wide - in psychology, education, law, social sciences and computer science.



Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

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Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is New Zealand’s second largest education provider. We’ve been educating and inspiring New Zealanders of all ages and cultures for over 30 years. We deliver certificate to master’s degree programmes to 30,000 students each year, from more than 120 sites around the country as well as in students’ own homes. We have one of the highest rates of student success amongst NZ tertiary providers, and 96% of our students recommend us as their preferred place of learning. We educate and inspire using Māori values in a way that’s good for everyone.



Victoria University of Wellington

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Victoria University of Wellington is proud to be a new strategic partner for Te Matatini 2019.  Te Treaty of Waitangi, te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori are all part of Victoria’s values and form a key component of the University’s character and overarching goal to be a world-leading capital city university. Through our Māori Strategic Outcomes Framework, Mai i te Iho ki te Pae, Victoria is working hard to recruit and graduate more Māori students, embed mātauranga Māori in teaching, learning and research across faculties, and grow collaborative partnerships with iwi and Māori stakeholders. Through this partnership with Te Matatini, Victoria will move one step closer to achieving those goals.