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NZ Event Association Awards 2020 - Te Matatini receives Best Arts/Cultural Event 2019



28 OCTOBER 2020


Te Matatini were very honoured to receive the Best Arts/Cultural Event 2019 Award for Te Matatini ki te Ao, at the NZEA Awards 2020, that took place in Auckland last night. We are incredibly grateful to the NZ Event Association for this award. We also commend NZEA on pulling together the awards ceremony after it had to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Te Matatini were nominated amongst a number of other key Arts and Cultural events that take place across Aotearoa and acknowledge the significance of being included in this group. We would not have been considered for the award had it not been for the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, who nominated Te Matatini ki te Ao for consideration. We are thankful to have partnered with them in hosting our 2019 Festival.

Special thanks and acknowledgement also goes out to all of our kaihaka, their communities and their whānau who work tirelessly and dedicate much of their lives to the pursuit of Kapa Haka excellence. Their commitment to the kaupapa is a large part of the reason for the event’s success.

Alongside our kaihaka, we acknowledge the regional host committee for Te Matatini ki te Ao – the Wellington Māori Cultural Society - for their hard work and manaakitanga in bringing the Festival to the Wellington region for the first time in 21 years.

Te Matatini’s CEO, Carl Ross, stated that the award is a testament to all of the hard work and dedication put in by Te Matatini staff, our Festival Leadership Team, and our National Board. “This is the first time Te Matatini has received an award for its event delivery, no reira, kia nui te mihi ki te whanau o Te Matatini.”

Te Matatini Chairman Selwyn Parata acknowledged the many partners and sponsors who have supported Te Matatini over the years, and more recently – Te Matatini ki te Ao Festival 2019. “We rely a lot on the support of our partners and meaningful relationships to contribute positively to the health and wellbeing of Te Ao Maori through Kapa Haka.” Mr Parata also paid tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who worked incredibly hard to bring to life our unique event.

Te Matatini is looking forward to hosting our next festival in February 2022 in Tāmaki Makaurau.

We would like to thank Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata Festival 2022 committee and the team at Eden Park for the ongoing preparation. Our aim for the Festival is to contribute positively to the fabric of our collective identity, in a post-COVID world, and maintain this event as the premier event for Kapa haka on the global stage.


photography by:
White Door Event Photography @ NZEA Awards 2020