Te Matatini 2019
Te Matatini ki te Ao
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival
20 - 24 February, 2019
Westpac Trust Stadium
Order of Performance
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Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I bring my own kai and beverages?
Yes! You are most welcome to bring your own kai and beverages. And yes, you can bring them in a chilly bin if you'd like.
Q: Can I sit on the field?
Yes! You are able to sit both on the field and in the grandstands (for both GA and FanZone).
Q: Can I bring a chair to sit on?
Yes! You are most welcome to bring low sand chairs to sit on, however if they are higher than 20cm you will need to sit on the periphery. We encourage you to bring your picnic blankets, cushions, tarps etc to sit on.
Q: Will Te Matatini ki te Ao be live streamed?
Yes! Maori Television will be livestreaming the event on their website, www.maoritelevision.com/shows/te-matatini-2019, and on TV.
Q: Will there be gate sales?
Yes, there will be gate sales. They are standard prices.
Q: If I am travelling with kaumātua, or someone that might need special assistance, is there anything you can do to support that?
Yes! There will be carts going between Wellington Station to the front entrance of the Westpac Stadium, as well as from the drop-off point at the Stadium. Volunteers will be around the place, so if you need anything - don't hesitate to ask for help!
Q: Will there be disabled parking available at the Westpac Stadium?
Yes! There are disabled car parks available at the Westpac Stadium. To avoid disappointment, please contact Te Matatini if you are in need of a disabled car park and we will do our best to ensure there is an available space for you.
Q: Can I bring a pram?
Yes, you are most welcome to bring a pram/stroller.
Q: Does my Te Matatini ticket allow me to use public transport?
Te Matatini performers and volunteers are eligible to travel on the region’s Metlink buses and trains, free of charge at all times. Simply show the bus driver, or train manager your official Te Matatini event pass (lanyard) and off you go!
All other Te Matatini ticket-holders can travel using the Metlink Explorer Day Pass (www.metlink.org.nz) which provides free travel for an accompanying child between the ages of 5 and 15.
Q: What bus/train do I catch to get to the Westpac Stadium?
For bus and train timetables, please visit www.metlink.org.nz. All trains, and most buses, go to Wellington Station, which is a short 10-minute walk to the Westpac Stadium.
For more information on travel please call our Metlink team on 0800 801 700
Transport to the Westpac Stadium
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We strongly encourage the use of public transport over the festival period. Wellington public transport is used to catering to big whanau events at the Westpac Stadium, so don’t be afraid to haul your tarps, chairs, chilly bins and prams onto the train or the bus. If you are a kaihaka or a volunteer, then you are able to travel free for the duration of Te Matatini ki te Ao. Simply show the bus driver, or train manager your official Te Matatini event pass (lanyard) and off you go! For those who do not have an official Te Matatini event pass, we recommend using the Metlink Explorer Day Pass, which also provides free travel for an accompanying child between the ages of 5 and 15. For more information, visit their website www.metlink.org.nz/…/free-travel-for-performers-an…/.
There are a number of transport options available to you during your time in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
Located on Waterloo Quay, Westpac Stadium is a short walk from the central business district of Wellington. Head to the Wellington Railway Station. Once there, join the elevated walkway that takes you directly to the Stadium entrance. There are three access points to the walkway.
• from Thorndon Quay just north of the Railway Station
• from near Shed 21 on the Port
• directly from the Railway platforms (8/7, 6/5, 4/3)
The walkway is 650m long with harbour views. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to walk the length of the walkway.
2. Get on your bike
Bicycle stands are available at no cost on the ground floor of the Westpac Stadium car park underneath the Western pedestrian ramp. On Stadium event days only, there is also limited motorcycle parking available in this location at no charge. Greater Wellington also provides cycle lockers at the Wellington Railway Station.
Whilst in Wellington, you may wish to utilise Onzo bikes. Onzo is New Zealand’s first and largest dockless bike sharing service. For more information, visit their website onzo.co.nz or download the app.
3. Travel by train
If you’re staying out of the city, you are able to park-and-ride at any train station in the Greater Wellington region free for the day. This means you are able to park your car at any train station, and catch the train into Wellington. Numerous services from throughout the Wellington region arrive and depart at the Wellington Railway Station. From the station, it is a short stroll along the Fran Wilde Walkway to reach the Stadium. There will also be carts going between the Stadium and the station for kaumātua and those that may need assistance. We recommend the Metlink Explorer day pass, which allows you unlimited use of trains and buses. For further information, visit Metlink or call 0800 801 700.
4. Board a bus
The bus terminal is adjacent to the main walkway entry point near the Wellington Railway Station at the southern end of Thorndon Quay. From the station, it is a short stroll along the Fran Wilde Walkway to reach the Stadium. There will also be carts going between the Stadium and the station for kaumātua and those that may need assistance. We recommend the Metlink Explorer day pass, which allows you unlimited use of trains and buses. For further information, visit Metlink or call 0800 801 700.
5. Take a taxi or an Uber
Before and after an event, the drop off point for taxis and shuttles is on the ground level adjacent to the pedestrian ramp*. There is no rank for chartered or "ordered" taxi or shuttles. Please note that there may be delays after the end of an event.
No taxis or shuttles are permitted on the upper plaza for at least 30 minutes after the end of the event. Priority will be given to mobility-impaired passengers who have pre-booked taxis or shuttles. The 30 minute limit is subject to all Stadium shuttles having departed.
To order an Uber, download the app and follow the instructions.
* Please note for large events, taxis are required to drop off/pick up from Bunny St, Hinemoa St or Thorndon Quay.
6. Get dropped off
There is a drop-off area at the Westpac Stadium where you can drop off your nanny, koroua, aunty’s, kids (with a guardian), or the whole whanau. The Westpac Stadium car park is located underneath the Fran Wilde Walkway with vehicle access off Waterloo Quay at the traffic lights opposite the entrance to CentrePort. There will be clear signage to show you the way to the drop-off zone, as well as traffic control and volunteers to point you in the right direction if you get lost.
7. Park your car
There are a number of parking buildings within a 10 minute walking distance of the Westpac Stadium, as well as street parking. For more information on parking, please visit the following websites:
8. Catch a ferry
From the Interislander Ferry terminal you can catch the shuttle to the Railway Station and take the short stroll along the Fran Wilde Walkway to reach Westpac Stadium.
From the Bluebridge Ferry terminal, you can walk north along Waterloo Quay and join the walkway.
Catch the East by West Ferry from Days Bay Wharf to Queens Wharf, then walk north along Waterloo Quay to the stadium.
9. Hop on a plane
Travelling to Westpac Stadium from the airport is easy and enjoyable; by taxi, airport shuttle or the Airport Flyer bus. The Wellington Airport website has more information on transport options. Wellington Airport is approximately 10 km from Westpac Stadium.
Whichever mode of transport you choose, we recommend you plan your trip in advance to ensure you arrive safe and sound at the Stadium with plenty of time to get a kai, find your seat, and enjoy the best of the best perform on stage at Te Matatini ki te Ao.
GETTING TO THE STADIUM:
There is a drop-off point at the Westpac Stadium where you are able to drop kaumātua off if you so wish. The Westpac Stadium car park is located underneath the Fran Wilde Walkway with vehicle access off Waterloo Quay at the traffic lights opposite the entrance to CentrePort. The drop-off zone is located just past the main entrance to the car park, to the left. There will be carts going between the drop-off point to the front entrance of the Westpac Stadium.
There will also be carts going between Wellington Station and the front entrance of the Westpac Stadium.
Volunteers will be around the vicinity of the Stadium, as well as in and around Wellington Station, so if you are in need of assistance - let them know!
There are also Disability Car Parks available, if you are in need of one please contact Te Matatini.
AT THE STADIUM:
There is a Kaumātua Lounge located on Level 4 of the Stadium. To access the Kaumātua Lounge, enter the Stadium through the main ticketing gate, and make your way to the Functions | Guests entrance. The escalators or lifts will take you to Level 4.
If you are need of assistance, for anything at all, let a volunteer know and they will be happy to help you.
Te Matatini ki te Ao
THE MULTIFACETED LEVELS BEING SHOWCASED TO THE WORLD
The festival theme ‘Te Matatini ki te Ao’ is the ‘name’ of the 2019 festival. The theme is an embodiment of the aspirations and dreams of the festival hosts Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa me ngā iwi o Taranaki whānui.
The iwi of the region – whose responsibility it is to manaaki visitors to the festival – envisage a festival brand that will exemplify the cultural vibrancy of Wellington; the phenomena that make up the geography and natural elements of the area; and the rich heritage and kōrero of mana whenua.
The theme promotes the status of Te Matatini as a world-class festival, and will be a global stage for Māori performance excellence featuring the very best in competitive kapa haka.
‘Te Matatini ki te Ao', has a deeper meaning than its English translation of “the many faces to the world”. Throughout te ao Maori (the Māori world) the suggestion is that the world’s people are invited to participate alongside iwi, as we prepare to attract over 3,000 of the world’s top kapa haka exponents, tens of thousands of supporters and spectators, attracting both local and international tourists, as they converge on to Te Whanganui a Tara in February of 2019.