This week we were very fortunate to welcome two world class Kapa Haka groups into our school as they prepare for Te Matatini.
From Te Tai Tokerau district (Far North/Kaipara/Whangarei) – Muriwhenua
and from Rangitane district (Manawatū/Horowhenua/Wairarapa/Marlborough) – Te tini o Rēhua
Both groups were regional finalists and are here in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) to compete against the best of the best from Aotearoa and Australia.
Te Matatini is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. It is normally held every two years in different locations, but Te Matatini was not held previously due to Covid 19. After 20 long years it has finally returned to Tāmaki Makaurau.
Te Matatini is one of the most highly anticipated events for performers, their whanau and passionate Kapa Haka fans throughout the world. For many performers it is an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family and express their loyalty and pride in their whānau on the stage.
All performances can be viewed here: