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TE MATATINI - KAPA HAKA AOTEAROA

KAPA HAKA FEVER HITS AUSTRALIA


TE HOE KI MĀTANGIREIA: Te Hoe Ki Mātangireia, a pan-tribal group from Australia, are set to take to the stage at the kapa haka senior regional competitions in the Gold Coast this weekend.


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17 April 2024


Kapa haka fever hits Australia


Te Matatini fans are in for a treat this weekend when kapa haka groups from across Australia will gather in the Gold Coast for the regional competitions to find the groups who will qualify for Te Matatini 2025.


Te Matatini Te Whenua Moemoeā delegate, Ihaka Cotter, says kapa haka teams from Australia have always looked forward to competing at the bi-annual Te Matatini competition in New Zealand because kapa haka provides the 180,000 Māori who work and live across the ditch a connection to Aotearoa.



IHAKA COTTER: Ihaka Cotter. Te Matatini Te Whenua Moemoeā delegate, Ihaka Cotter.


“As Māori living away from home, it’s important that we are represented at Te Matatini. We also have a longing for home and so it always gives us that grounding and connection.”


Nine kapa haka teams from across Australia will perform at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara on the Gold Coast this Saturday – one from Western Australia, two from Victoria, four from New South Wales and two from Queensland, with five new groups set to make their debut.


Three teams will qualify to compete at Te Matatini, which will be held in Ngāmotu/New Plymouth in February 2025.


“This is a showcase of the best kapa haka on offer in Australia, promoting and displaying the Māori culture on a national level.”


Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi and Tāmaki-Makaurau MP Takutai Tarsh Kemp, will attend the competition during an Australian visit aiming to strengthen ties with Māori in Australia and local indigenous communities.


“As manuhiri to this sacred whenua, it is important that Māori understand their responsibilities as manuhiri but also their accountability to the whenua and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples of Australia,” Rawiri told Whakaata Māori.


Whakaata Māori are our exclusive broadcast partner for The Road to Te Matatini. Download the Māori+ app or visit their website at www.maoriplus.co.nz to witness the magic of kapa haka.


For more information, please contact Aroha Awarau / 021 243 3265

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