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About Us

National Organisation for Kapa Haka in Aotearoa, 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.


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


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.

Our Manu

The values of ‘Te Matatini’ are represented in the stylised and symbolic Huia icon, where the Huia bird represents:

  • Beauty
  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Prestige

With the redesign of the Te Matatini brand, the reconnection of iconic tohu, the Huia, reinforces the values of ‘Te Matatini’, fostering development, progression, the flight of ‘Te Matatini’ towards excellence and leadership in all aspects of Kapa Haka and Māori Performing Arts.

The colour palette emulates the shimmer of tones of the Huia that are reflected from the light that gleams from the movement of the manu.