Introduction/ Nāia Te Karanga
E ngā mana , e ngā reo, e ngā karangaranga maha o te motu, nei rā te mihi ki a koutou katoa.
Kua tangihia, kua mihia rātou e hingahinga mai nei i runga i o tātou marae maha huri noa i te motu.
Rātou ki a rātou, tātou ki a tātou, kia ora huihui mai nei tātou.
Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha Cultural Council has been promoting, supporting and encouraging Māori performing arts in Waitaha since 1965. Te Kiato Riwai founded the first kapahaka competitions in Te Waipounamu because she believed performance encouraged prosperity and provided a way in which Māori could declare their aspirations and hopes for the future.
The purpose of the council is to strive for excellence in Māori performing arts and cultural activities within the Waitaha Region and be responsible for the promotion and development of the art-form.
We have exciting times ahead of us particularly as we prepare to host Te Matatini, the premier national kapahaka event in Hagley Park, 4-8 March 2015.
This is our opportunity to say thank you to all of those people from around the motu who gave and gave in our hours of need during the earthquakes. The genuine and significant support from iwi and whānau all over the country was overwhelming and we have been truly humbled by it. We are calling for volunteers to help us host over 30,000 manuhiri to our city. It is only right that we return the aroha and manaaki in true southern style.
We hope you enjoy our new website.
Waitaha Cultural Council