Volunteer Information

With your help we can welcome and manaaki our manuhiri (guests), infuse our uniquely southern flavour into the festival, and, ensure everyone enjoys the very best festival we can offer.

The volunteer workforce makes up approximately 25% of the entire festival workforce.

We are looking for a workforce of 400 volunteers to help us welcome guests at the gate, look after kaumātua and VIPs, pick up rubbish, work in the car park, act as general information ambassadors, man the lost and found, help service the toilets, tend the whānau area, help install art works and raised gardens, decorate marquees and everything else in between.  We have lots and lots of jobs.

Festival
Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival

Abbreviated name for 2015 Festival
Te Matatini 2015 – Christchurch

Theme
He Ngākau Aroha

Dates of Festival
4 – 8 March 2015

Venue
Hagley Park North, Otautahi / Christchurch

Festival Organisers
Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Aotearoa

Host Region
Waitaha Cultural Council supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Christchurch City Council

Questions and Answers

How do I become a volunteer?
Register on www.waitahacc.co.nz

Can I choose what I want to volunteer for?
On the registration form you will be given the option to nominate your preference.

When will I hear what team I am in and what I am doing?
Team leaders are being selected now. Part of their role is to contact the volunteers and confirm that you are okay to work in their team.

How many days does the Festival run?
Te Matatini 2015 – Christchurch will run for five (5) consecutive days from 4 – 8 March 2015. The first day is the pōwhiri, the following three days are made up of the preliminary competition pool rounds, with the finals being contested on the last day.

Do I have to volunteer for all of them?
We expect that you will volunteer for a minimum of two days or equivalent. Your team leader will work with you to schedule this.

Will there be volunteer travel and accommodation provided?
No, all volunteers will need to be responsible for this, however Ngāi Tahu who are registered volunteers can apply to the Ngāi Tahu Fund committee for funding. For more information visit: ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Is there a volunteer uniform?
Yes, once you have been confirmed in a team your team leader will get you sorted.

Will I be fed while I am volunteering?
Yes.

Do I need to buy a ticket to attend the festival if I am volunteering?
If you are volunteering for a minimum of 2 days: no. If you are volunteering for less: yes.

Is there an age limit to volunteer?
The minimum age is 14, however, conditions will apply.

Do I get anything for volunteering?
You will get some training, a uniform, a festival ticket, kai, lots of memories and stories and knowledge that you have contributed to a once in a generation event.

If I need more information, who do I contact?
Volunteer co-ordinator: Kim Wetini
Email: volunteers@waitahacc.co.nz

General information
Email: info@waitahacc.co.nz

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