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Tiakina te whakapapa!

Preparations are well under way for the highly anticipated Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata National Kapa Haka Festival 2022 to ensure the safety of our people’s health and wellbeing.

This is the 50th anniversary of Te Matatini’s biennial Festival and is planned to go ahead from 22 – 26 February 2022 at Eden Park (Ngā Ana Wai) in Tāmaki Makaurau.

With COVID-19 stopping the country in its tracks and disrupting the 2021 Festival, Te Matatini’s organising committee has developed back up plans should Alert Levels change leading up to the Festival period.

“We know this is a favourite time of year in the Māori events calendar – whānau from all over the motu come together to celebrate the very best of Kapa Haka,” says Chairman, Selwyn Parata.

“We want to ensure that the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in Te Matatini – from the volunteers to the performers and whānau that come to support - is protected.

“This is the time to ensure our loved ones are safe, so we are encouraging everyone to get themselves and their whānau vaccinated.”

Te Matatini’s organising committee has developed three scenarios – Plan A, B and C – in case of any Alert Level changes.

“These scenarios allow us to move forward with confidence should there be a disruption while ensuring we tiakina te whakapapa and support our kapa haka,” Chief Executive – Carl Ross, says.

“Behind the scenes our kapa haka practise day and night to achieve absolute excellency on the Te Matatini stage. That’s why we want to give our teams and whānau certainty of how the plans will roll out.”

For more information on vaccinations – how to book an appointment, drive-thru locations and where to go to receive your vaccine within your region, please visit the COVID-19 website.

Plan A - Prepare

On Friday 29 October 2021, the Festival will go ahead if the whole country is at Alert Level 1.

This decision date allows Kapa Haka teams enough time to prepare in the lead up to the Festival.

The health and safety team who helped plan the operations for the America’s Cup Regatta in Tāmaki Makaurau in March 2021, will also lend their expertise to assist Te Matatini during this time.

All people that enter the stadium will be required to sign in, whether that be via a the COVID Tracer App, or manually recording. Everyone that purchases a ticket through the only certified ticket vendor for this festival – Ticketmaster – will be required to provide a full name, valid email address and contact number to ensure swift contact tracing.

Plan B – Reduce

If on Friday 29 October 2021, any region of the country is at Alert Level 2 or higher, Te Matatini Festival will be postponed to April 2022 at Eden park (Ngā Ana Wai) in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The postponed date will allow more flexibility around preparation time for Kapa Haka teams, if the alert levels continue to change over the period leading up to the postponed festival dates in April 2022.

We are working with our venue partners at Eden Park (Ngā Ana Wai) to confirm a date in April 2022, and we will keep everyone updated as plans progress.

Plan C – Lockdown

If on Tuesday 14 December 2021, any region of the country is at Alert Level 2 or higher, Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata National Kapa Haka Festival 2022 will be cancelled for 1 year and moved out to February 2023. It will remain at Eden Park (Ngā Ana Wai).

A new round of Regional Competitions will be held in 2022 to decide the new qualifying Kapa Haka teams for the Festival in 2023 in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Matatini is seriously looking to the future, and what that might look like for our Festival. We are exploring options on how we continue to present the Festival during these ever-changing times. One of those options is holding a virtual Te Matatini Festival but we will continue to explore other options as well. So anything is possible.



All health and safety measures for Te Matatini Festival adhere to alert level regulations set out by the NZ Government and will align with the guidelines from the Ministry of Health.

Te Matatini receives all information on COVID-19 and the vaccine from our trusted sources – the Ministry of Health, Unite Against COVID, and Karawhiua channels.

Media contact: Janay Tauri

021 228 8322



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