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Local and national personalities are setting the stage for Te Matatini 2017
17th February, 2017
Local and national personalities are setting the stage for Te Matatini 2017.
The performances of 47 kapa haka at the national festival will be managed by Piki Thomas, who is the National Māori Advisor for the NZ Fire Service.
He started in the role at the Waiohika festival in 2011 after being offered ‘a close view of performances’.
It turned out to be side-stage as an assistant to Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, now the Minister of Māori Development.
Piki has been 'on stage' ever since.
“Being involved in Te Matatini is a tremendous honour and I'm supported by a great team including a principal of a Kura Kaupapa Māori, a Judge, a Chief Executive, former kapa haka performers and rangatahi,” he said.
Six MCs will also take to the stage for Te Matatini 2017.
They include Crystal Edwards, a broadcaster for Radio Kahungunu; Peeni Henare, the Labour MP for Tāmaki Makaurau; entertainer Toni Huata; David Jones, a lawyer and past member of the kapa haka, Tū Te Manawa Maurea; Māori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox; and Matt Gifford, the bass singer of the barbershop quartet, The Musical Island Boys.
The host tribe, Ngāti Kahungunu will field around 350 volunteers for the festival which starts next week in Hastings.