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Whakangahau-a-rohe 2020/2021

Te Matatini Update - 30 October 2020

Whakangahau-a-rohe 2020/2021

During this unprecendented time, Te Matatini has worked in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, to work on filling the void that has been created from the rescheduling of Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata Festival from 2021 to 2022.

The National Board acknowledges how this void can impact on the wellness of our people.

To this end, we would like to announce that a programme of 12 Kapa Haka ngāhau events will be supported to replace the rescheduled Te Matatini 2021 Festival.

We are extremely grateful for the leadership shown by the Ministers and their offices to ensure that Te Matatini can continue to support the growth and development of kapa haka, both in our regions and across the motu.

We also look forward to working with our rohe in hosting these events and provide opportunities for audiences to experience live Kapa Haka.

“Mā tini, mā mano, ka rangtira a haka”

Te Matatini
The Many Faces

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

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.

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

Our Partners

Thanks to our partners

Ministry of Education, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Ministry of Education, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
The University of Waikato, Te Whare Wananga o Waikato
The University of Waikato, Te Whare Wananga o Waikato


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