Te Matatini 2015

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The biannual Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where elite kapa haka performers from around New Zealand and Australia come together to compete, will be held in Christchurch in 2015.

Christchurch won its bid to host this prestigious cultural event after the Waitaha Cultural Council supported by representatives from the Christchurch City Council and Ngai Tahu gave a final presentation to a panel in Wellington on Wednesday, 22 February 2012.

We are honoured to be hosting one of the most important iwi Maori events on the calendar. It is the world’s largest celebration of Maori performing arts, showcasing Maori culture and talent and attracting upwards of 30,000 participants and visitors.

Hundreds of teams throughout New Zealand and Australia compete in regional competitions for the honour to represent their club at Te Matatini – the national finals.

Central to the bid was the opportunity to give back to iwi who came and supported us in our time of need. We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support that we’ve had from iwi all around the country. This is our chance to reciprocate that aroha, care and support.

The event will be hosted by the Waitaha Cultural Council, Christchurch City Council and Ngai Tahu in Hagley Park, 4 – 8 March 2015.

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