Te Matatini: 50th anniversary of the Olympics of kapa haka

Every two years kapa haka groups from around the country come together in the world's largest Māori performing arts competition. This year the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Ōtautahi Christchurch played host to the festival in 2015 in Hagley Park. This year it's at Auckland's Ngā Ana Wai - Eden Park.

Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival, North Hagley Park, Christchurch. Thursday 5 March 2015. File Reference: 2015-03-05-IMG_5882

It's difficult to overestimate the importance of Te Matatini on the Māori cultural calendar. This is the ONE. All the teams competing must first be successful at a regional level. Te Matatini is only for the best of the best.

TVNZ will be covering Te Matatini this year, it's available online at TVNZ+, and we'll be screening it live in Waruwarutū, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga during library opening hours, Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 February.

And we're super excited because two of our staff from Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi Christchurch City Libraries, Justice and Kris, will be competing with local group Te Ahikaaroa (tune in at 10.30am Friday 24 February for their bracket). Other groups from Te Waipounamu performing this year are Te Poutūmāro (5.20pm, Thursday 23 Feb) and Ngā Manu a Tāne (1.10pm, Friday 24 Feb).

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Te Matatini - Kapa Haka

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