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WELCOME Kahungunu Miharo

Kahungunu is challenging itself to stretch well beyond its comfort zone so that the whole value of Te Matatini 2017 is achieved for all the people of Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa, Maori, Pakeha and every other people living amongst us. We have set ourselves an ambitious goal that every Kahungunu person has the ability to attend at least one session of Te Matatini. Te Matatini, the Maori olympics brings to our area the best performers in the world and this will not happen for at least another 30 years. We urge all people from our region to attend also.

Kahungunu Ka Moe Ka Puta

Our ancestor Kahungunu married at least eight times, producing new papakainga, new communities and new tribes through his skills of diplomacy. He was a great networker. We are networking with all our people with 20,000 tickets having been snapped up over the past 3 months. We have also made available to our partners and allies including councils and business houses, to come and share with us as well. 50,000+ avid kapa haka fans will descend on Hawke’s Bay like a tonne of bricks. They have rented every premise available. Some will be camping out, others will be looking for long lost whanau to stay with. There will be chaos in the kitchens and bathrooms throughout the region.

Kahungunu tangata mohio ki te mahi ki uta me te mahi ki tai

Kahungunu was an expert harverster of the land and cultivator of the sea. All of our resources will provide kai for our many visitors including our fisheries quota, Tautane farm products and kai from other iwi such as Ngai Tahu and Chatham Islands. Furthermore our horticulture and industrial partners such as Bostock NZ, Mr Apple, Yummy, Fresh Max, Port NZ and Pip Fruit NZ, are providing fruit and veges that is matching for the unconditional hospitality that Ngati Kahungunu can offer. Onions, squash, apples, sweetcorn, kumara, and potatoes will be delivered to our marae along with organic chickens and Rush Munro’s Ice Cream which is also on the menu. Our business partners Fiordland Lobster, Paua Co and Hawkes Bay Seafoods are also providing product to nourish the masses.

Kahungunu ki eke

Te Reo rangatira will be the only language we will hear on the stage over the four days and it will remind us of the outstanding past when only te reo Maori was spoken in this country. It will act as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the Maori language within Kahungunu and potentially through all people of Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa as this is the only place in the world where anyone can hear te reo Maori spoken, sung, performed and etched into our consciousness. Only the greatest form of te reo will be used during the competitions and it will of Shakespearian quality and texture using symbolism, imagery, proverbs and classical language depicting a future journey for the whole country. The greatest composers alive, the greatest living Maori composers will be strutting their style and panache which will provide an exquisite menu for reo connoisseurs.

Ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere ai

‘A bird needs feathers to fly’ – this is a Kahungunu modern metaphor for economic development and business excellence. Landing amongst the cultural thunder is an economic explosion of new deals and future partnerships between Te Ao Maori, the rest of the country, the Pacific and China. Business heavy weights from near and far will be looking at potential investment that will see the regional economy surge over the next decade. The Maori migration from China through Taiwan into the Pacific to Aotearoa is portrayed as only half the journey. During Matatini the ambition is to close the trade route loop back to China. Over the past 20 years Ngati Kahungunu business delegations have made inroads into Hong Kong and China and their business connections in the market place are arriving here to do serious investment over decades. They recognise Maori values around land, therefore are looking at new business models and new intergenerational relationships.

Kahungunu Ngahau – Kahungunu fun and adventure

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28 marae and 21 motels will house 47 kapa haka groups and supporters from throughout Aotearoa. Each marae can link to every waka, iwi and hapu thorughout the country and will be strengthening relationships at a marae level, welcoming our visitors with the phrase ‘Te Hokinga Mai - Welcome Home’. The Hastings District Council and the Eastern and Central Trust have provided staunch support to ensure our marae facilities are up there with the best in the country and endure for the next generation or so. Kapa haka groups will be singing about their connections to the different marae and will provide an important bank of knowledge for resources to be put into kura, all schools and our libraries. This knowledge cannot be found in any one book or in any one account but it is the inward looking view of the country into the strength of whakapapa from Wairoa to Wairarapa. Many wananga will follow in the updating of current whanau connections for future relationship building.

The Kahungunu Festival brings variety, fun and frolick to all comers. The waka hourua extravaganza brings voyagers together from all around the Pacific, and with a backdrop of Art Deco will provide a unique time warp for Matatini. For the family we’ve got a Big Party on the Marine Parade Foreshore and fun at a special section at Kahungunu Park. For the rangatahi and youth there will be a Silent DJ, the Takitimu Vybes and other entertainment dotted around the Bay. For the more mature including Kaumatua there is the Lindsay Henare Whanau Show and the Kaumatua Ball. Everyday vendors will compete to give the best nourishing kai one could ever imagine. This will be echoed in the booths and boulevards of Hawke’s Bay.

Kahungunu mahi tahi

We are calling on all Kahungunu and all our friends and neighbours to come and help us celebrate this ‘once in a 30 year’ event. We will link arms with all our communities to ensure that everyone has a part to play and the future to enjoy as we create this atmosphere around Matatini.

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Preparation for kapa haka contest all go well and make acknowledgments is an added pressure, but a UST as athletes good pressure. It’s undergo rigorous exciting for us because it training for big hasn’t been here since events, so have the 1983 and most of our Ngati Kahungunu ki group wasn’t even born Heretaunga team been then.” training for their 25 Ms Huata said with minutes on stage at this members as young as 14, year’s Te Matatini. her group is quite young Ngati Kahungunu ki compared to other Heretaunga head tutor teams. Mahingarangi Huata “It make me nervous said the group had been TRAINING TOGETHER: The Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga group have spent because we are new and practising for the kapa months training for this year’s Te Matatini festival in Hastings. PHOTO/PAUL TAYLOR we’re still at the stage of haka festival every building our group and second weekend since national competition.” Maori o Ngati that goes from Friday to identifying who we are, October last year. As just one of the six Kahungunu ki Sunday,” she said. what our style is and “When the new year tutors for the Ngati Heretaunga, the group However, Ms Huata how to go about things. kicked in we started back Kahungunu ki rallies every Friday night said participating in such But it’s also exciting at training which went Heretaunga group, Ms and trains right through a prestigious event is because it’s new and we from every fortnight to Huata said great the weekend. worth it, particularly as it get to play with the big every weekend. So we sacrifices have been “It’s like a sports is to be hosted in boys,” she said. pretty much work during made to ensure the team. We turn up, we Hawke’s Bay. Te Matatini will be the week and train group is well prepared train, we stay together, “I think in the Maori the Ngati Kahungunu ki during the weekend all for the big day. Meeting we eat together, we culture having the Heretaunga group’s the way up to the at Te Kura Kaupapa karakia together and pressure to try and host second national event.

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Nga¯ti Ranginui troupe to honour loved ones a change in leadership style, so it’s going to be a bit of a fresh look.” The or Te Kapa Haka performance will be o Ngati Ranginui, about acknowledging the Te Matatini those close to them. festival will be the “We’re culmination of years of acknowledging our loved hard work, passionate ones that have passed commitment and on, we’re also unswerving dedication to acknowledging our close bring their very best to links to Ngati the national stage. Kahungunu and telling The group, based in our story — the Ngati Tauranga, have comRanginui story — as peted for about 30 years, well.” and comprise 54 Having never won the members, with the best overall competition, they PERFORMING: Te Kapa Haka o Ngati Ranginui will take to the stage at the 40 taking to the stage. have firmly got their biennial Te Matatini Festival. Thousands of hours sights set on taking home have been spent the title. composing, teaching, said it was very much a people who performed 30 performers range from “I guess it’s honouring rehearsing and family affair. years ago are performing 15 to 45. “We’ve got a the legacy of Tama organising. Rehearsals “Because we’re an now. We’ve even got relatively new team — a Huata, who really was began last October. iwi-based group, we’ve some of the original bit of the young ones the driving force behind One of the leaders of kept the nucleus of a lot performers performing coming through but the revamp of this Te Kapa Haka o Ngati of whanau within the with their kids.” we’ve had a, sort of not a national competition, and Ranginui, Charlie Rahiri, group and so children of The ages of the change in leadership, but his legacy.”

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Team on a mission to empower wha¯nau By Alice Lock

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amatea Arikinui is one of the four teams representing Ngati Kahungunu who are competing in this year’s Te Matatini Festival. The group was formed in 1978 with their rohe affiliation in Porongahau, their hapu affiliation Ngati Kere and their marae affiliation Rongomaraeroa. With a wealth of experience after competing in kapa haka festivals across New Zealand since 1978 the team were excited about the prospect of Te Matatini.

PREPARING: Tamatea Arikinui are excited about performing in their fourth Te Matatini Festival.

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Member Piri Galbraith said they were looking forward to representing Porongahau and Ngati Kahungunu on a national level. “It is inclusive and Te Matatini is apart of the bigger picture and we will continue on

keeping our culture alive not just for competitions but as a way of life.” Tamatea Arikinui competed in the Kahungunu Regionals last year and in 2014, with their last performance at Te Matatini in 2011.

Since 1978 they have competed in three of these national events, which makes for a special occasion at the end of the month. The team has been in full preparation with rehearsals held regularly and a dress rehearsal on February 12. Their mission as a team and what they will take to the festival is about empowering their whanau with a strong sense of identity in their Takitimu and Kahungunutanga. “Tamatea Arikinui continues to serve as a positive vehicle for the inter generational transmission of tikanga — both its learning and practice.” “Where there is

artistic excellence there is human dignity,” Ms Galbraith said. Alongside this prestigious national competition the team was no stranger to the New Zealand Polynesian Festival, Aotearoa Maori Performing Arts, the Ikaroa Regionals and Takitimu Regionals. The colours that represent the kapa haka group are red, black and white and their design was taken from the whare tipuna, the meeting house at Rongomaraeroa marae in Porongahau. “It is from the niho taniwha pattern in Te Poho o Kahungunu,” Ms Galbraith said.

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Performing in memory of former leader Sheree Cotter said their man focus was to represent Ngati e Rerenga Kahungunu Ki Te Kotuku who Wairoa and the rohe of represents Ngati Kahungunu the best they Kahungunu Ki can since the passing of Te Wairoa are going in to their founding tutor this year’s Te Matatini Elliot Spooner. Festival in memory of “It is the first time the their founder Elliot team take the stage Spooner. without Elliot who The team are one of passed away in October four representing the 2015 so they are going EXCITEMENT: Te Rerenga Kotuku are going in to local iwi at this year’s out there to perform in the Te Matatini Festival with pride and passion. festival. PHOTO/SUPPLIED his memory.” The group formed in His loss made 1992 and this year they preparation slightly Today they are led by Wairoa. There are also celebrate their 25th challenging but Ms Sheree Cotter-Spooner members who are not birthday since being Cotter said the team and John-Barry Smith. directly connected to founded by Sheree and Members of the Wairoa but whakapapa have risen above this Elliot Spooner. challenge and have tried groups associate to all to Kahungunu and Mr Spooner passed to ensure they maintain hapu within Te Wairoa Takitimu Waka. away in 2015 and this is the standards that Elliot and travel from as far as Being the current the first time the team demanded. Hamilton, Gisborne, regional Kahungunu will perform on the Te “Although it was Napier and Hastings to champions they head in Matatini stage without participate in trainings, to this festival with pride hindered as Elliot his presence. provided all the music which are mainly held in and passion.

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and choreography we have stepped up and will go out to perform for him.” Ms Cotter said the group hopes to bring Wairoataonga to the festival. “We want to deliver a true belief in who we are and where we are from and this is portrayed in the content of the items that we will perform.” Te Rerenga Kotuku is a roopu who was established to nurture tikanga, reo and whanaungatanga utilising kapa haka as the vehicle to do so. Ms Cotter said they provide a safe and positive environment for their tamariki and whanau. The team are excited to perform in the festival hosted by the local iwi.

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Artists draw together for bold exhibition A vibrant new exhibition has recently opened at MTG Hawke’s Bay Museum. Titled ‘tuturu’, this exhibition was developed collaboratively between MTG and local arts collective Iwi Toi Kahungunu.

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aunched in 2015, Iwi Toi Kahungunu draws together artists who have connections to Ngati Kahungunu iwi, or who live within the tribal boundaries from Wairoa to Wairarapa. The collective is based on Kahungunu narratives and tikanga. The focus is on fostering the development of a distinctly Kahungunu style while introducing its members to new audiences and opportunities. Tuturu means real, unique and authentic, and the artworks in the exhibition represent what is tuturu about the connection of each artist to Kahungunu. The bold exhibition design was developed by senior artist Sandy Adsett using the wharenui as inspiration. The layout and use of colours create the sense of being in a whare full of stories and interconnections. ‘tuturu’ draws together both established and emerging artists, emphasising the value Iwi Toi places on collective success and mutual support. The artworks use a range of different media and are placed between panels woven in contemporary materials using customary techniques. The artists who have contributed to ‘tuturu’ are: Michelle Nicholls, Dena Bach, Miria Pohatu, Michelle Mataira, Marama Ngawhika, Raewyn Paterson together with Todd

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Nga¯ti Kahungunu to host kapa haka gala By Roger Moroney

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HE name says it all: Te Matatini (“The Many Faces”) started out in 1972 as a part of the Polynesian Festival. Now known as the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, the name, bestowed by Professor Wharehuia Milroy, acknowledges the many faces who bring life and colour to kapa haka. “Maori performing arts bring together people of all ages, all backgrounds, all beliefs — Maori and nonMaori alike, participants and observers,” Professor Milroy has said. “When I look, I see many faces, young and old.” Those faces, of kapa haka performers, tutors and musicians of all ages, number in the many thousands. From its early 1970s origins as part of the Polynesian Festival, the

A CULTURAL CELEBRATION: A slice of the action from 1983 — when Hastings staged the national kapa haka event. PHOTO/ FILE

movement grew steadily through the 1980s and 90s under the banner of the Aotearoa Traditional Ma¯ori Performing Arts Society until taking on the Te Matatini Society title. Professor Milroy stepped

up with the “Te Matatini/ Many Faces” concept in 2004. The first two stagings of the original festival were in Rotorua and from then on it became biennial. What is set to be staged in Hawke's Bay later this month

will be the 23rd festival, and the event’s second appearance here. In 1983, for what was the seventh (then) Polynesian Festival, it was staged in Hastings where Ngati Rangiwewehi, iwi from confederated tribes whose home is the Tarimano Marae in Rotorua, took the win. Te Matatini also features in the name of the event's sponsoring organisation — Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa — and the importance of the organisation and the great festival was recognised last year through a major boost in government funding in the area of arts, culture and heritage. Along with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Ballet, Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa shared a four-year

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Best of luck to all the kapa competing at Te Matatini - Te Kahu o te Amorangi. Kia kaha, kia manawanui - I’ll see you there!

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"On the basis of what I experienced at Te Matatini the world is missing out on one of the truly great musical experiences."

groups and sheer dedication of the performers make this an experience that lives in funding package of $11.6 both the memories and the million — a $2.9m increase for heart for the rest of your life.” the arts. At this month’s festival “All three of these there will be 48 teams and in organisations are producing all, many thousands of truly world-class work and participants and spectators. are part of our national It has evolved through the culture,” Arts, Culture and years to become an allBruce Elder in the Sydney Morning Herald Heritage Minister Maggie encompassing festival, as in Barry said. “This new funding addition to the performances, represents a significant long- very best of kapa haka, they throughout the world. At the visitors can buy Maori arts term boost to their budgets, and crafts, sample traditional also get to reconnect with 2007 festival at Rangitane in allowing them to push artistic friends and family and to Maori cuisine and learn about the Manawatu, Bruce Elder boundaries and reach out to Maori history and culture. joyfully express their loyalty from the Sydney Morning more New Zealanders.” For the kapa haka artists and pride in their whanau up Herald was, to put it simply, It has come a long way the festival is the culmination on the stage. blown away. from humble beginnings, but The festival is seen as “All I can say is that on the of years of passionate even by 1977 when the fourth playing a vital role within basis of what I experienced at commitment to take the very festival was staged in best to the national stage. Maoridom in promoting the Te Matatini the world is Gisborne, it had plenty of Asked how everything was tikanga of the Maori culture missing out on one of the momentum — that event was and kapa haka (which going in preparation for truly great musical officially opened by Queen Hastings’ second hosting of literally means “row dance”). experiences. Elizabeth II. It has grown the festival, Ngati It is seen as a startling and “The passion, the remarkably, but not Kahungunu chairman valuable experience for not intensity, the sweet surprisingly, as visitors not only the people of New harmonies, the ferocity of the Ngahiwi Tomoana simply only get to experience the said, “It’s pumping!” Zealand but for others haka, the creativity of the

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Record-breaking 47 teams at Te Matatini By Anneke Smith

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HE thousands of hours spent composing, teaching, rehearsing and organising performances for Te Matatini work towards captivating the judges and winning the supreme title of Toa Whakaihuwaka. This year’s judges, selected by rohe earlier this year, are made up of 15 wahine and 16 tane representing the 13 rohe of Te Matatini. They will choose who will be honoured with the title of Toa Whakaihuwaka, which is held by Te Wha¯nau a Apanui, who won at the 2015 Te Matatini

CURRENT CHAMPIONS: Te Kapa Haka o Te Whanau a Apanui was the overall winner of the 2015 Te Matatini in Waitaha. PHOTO/ TE MATATINI

National Kapa Haka Festival in Christchurch. Professor Timoti Karetu, a former chairman of Te Matatini and a composer and tutor of kapa haka in his own right, said what make groups exceptional is if their performance makes him want to join them on the stage. “They must be exciting so they

stimulate an observer. Their delivery of the Maori language must be clear, correct and descriptive. The actions and choreography should also give meaning to those words. To me, that is what makes a group stand out,” he said. Chief judge of Te Matatini, Joe Harawira, told DANZ Magazine in 2016 that the execution of a bracket

(performance) is about how the material is assembled to tell a story. Te Matatini media and communications manager Wera Harawira said a common theme among standout winners from past years, Te Waka Huia and Waihirere, is that they were tutored and led by the late Ngapo Wehi and his wife, the late Pimia Wehi. When Te Waka Huia won the title at Tauranga in 2009, Mr and Mrs Wehi’s granddaughter, Tuirina Wehi, composed the entire bracket performed by the group; she was just 22 years old at the time. Te Matatini

executive director Carl Ross said this year’s festival pool is the largest in the event’s history, with a record 47 teams. “Te Matatini is expected to welcome 6000 visitors to the powhiri or traditional welcome at McLean Park on Wednesday 22nd February; feature 1880 elite kapa haka performers from NZ and Australia; attract a potential TV, radio and online audience of 2 million people and entertain up to 35,000 spectators over four days,’ he said. “This shows how kapa haka is an inclusive way to engage with Maori culture. Te Matatini is for everyone.”

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Go direct to providers for accommodation By Patrick O’Sullivan

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apier and Hastings accommodation for Te Matatini is fast disappearing from online booking agencies. Held at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park from February 22 to 26, the biennial event designed to find the best kapa haka in the world will be hosted by Ngati Kahungunu. The second half of February is a busy one for visitors to the region. Tremains Art Deco Weekend runs from February 15 to 19, followed by the Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit from February 20 to 22, preceding Te Matatini.

DRAWCARD: Te Matatini, held every two years, draws tens of thousands of supporters to regions.

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Te Matatini is expected to attract up to 20,000 people to Hawke’s Bay and is putting a squeeze on accommodation. Online agencies’ listings can change, however, and people are urged to approach accommodation

providers directly. One provider who declined to be named said he, like many others, withdrew online listings when they were assured of letting rooms from direct inquiries, avoiding hefty commissions. Some rooms would be held back for last-minute

bookings, which commanded a premium rate. The last time Te Matatini was held on the East Coast of the North Island was in 2011, when Gisborne hosted the event. “It was a great opportunity to celebrate the best of Maoridom,” Gisborne mayor Meng Foon said. Gisborne and the surrounding area did well economically from the event thanks to the many visitors and length of stay. “I’m looking forward to going to Hawke’s Bay and hopefully Tairawhiti this year will bring back the top prize.” Hawke’s Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said Hawke’s

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Judge loves excitement of recurring role By Alice Lock

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KAPA haka legend is returning to be chief judge at Te Matatini for the fifth time and cannot wait to be apart of it again. Joe Harawira performed kapa haka himself from the age of 4, later taking over and leading the University of Waikato team to 13 national competitions — in a span of 26 years. “It is so good coming back and catching up with all the old foe I used to compete against. “In the twilight of my performing, I

began to get into the judging side of things,” he said. Kapa haka has continued to be close to the heart of Mr Harawira even though it has changed over the years significantly. He said there was a different feel to the cultural art that you never saw in the olden days. “I guess it is just choreography, but for me, I love learning from the items, everything about their story; their ancestors, their history and how it is portrayed to the audience.” “I think the

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ABSOLUTE LEGEND: Joe Harawira returns as chief judge for the fifth time at the Te Matatini Festival this month. PHOTO/FILE

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and is enthusiastic at returning for more ■ Continued from p16 performing arts are gaining strength in terms of performance and it is full of some exciting times.” Mr Harawira said the team of 31 judges joining him on the panel came from all over the country and had an array of talents. He said there was a succession planning process to ensure that the quality of judging never slipped. “There’s some new faces, which is good, and they get nominated by the different regions,” he said. “Then they have to go through a trial judging process.”

He arrived on the judging scene in 2009 after finishing his final Te Matatini as part of a team in 2005. Joining the judges will be those people handling the allimportant masters of ceremonies duties. Toni Huata of Ngati Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata descent will be one MC this year. She is a past performer in the Aotearoa Festival of Performing Arts-Te Matatini, and is an accomplished singersongwriter who has toured nationally and internationally. Her most recent EP, Kahungunu Maranga’s music video Mohaka, is dedicated to Te

"Then they have to go through a trial judging process.”

economic summit. The chairman of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngahiwi Tomoana, said they would be bringing Maori, Pacific, Hawke’s Bay and Asian business owners together to Matatini and will be writer and producer make the most of the released on February for film projects. spin-offs that emerge 17 in the lead-up to the All are excited from the event. festival. about their roles at the This would Joining Ms Huata big event, with Mr encourage commercial will be the co-leader of Jones returning for growth between Asia the Maori Party, the sixth time and Mr and Maori and give Marama Fox; Mathew Henare for the fourth. Maori the confidence Gifford, a bass singer The festival this to do more business in for the 2014 year is not only Asia: “We can match International drawing national up ‘like interests’ such Barbershop Quartet; visitors but also as the IT firm Huawei David Jones, a fiveinternational, and 2-Degrees, or time Te Matatini showcasing Maori Shanghai Fisheries performer; Peeni culture to the world. and some of our Maori Henare, a strong In the lead-up to the fisheries companies.” advocate for Maori largest kapa haka The Samoan and rights and festival, Ngati Tongan prime communities; and Kahungunu is hosting ministers will also Crystal Edwards, a the Taniwha Dragon attend the festival.

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Te Matatini looking for the best of the best By Astrid Austin

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HIS year’s Te Matatini festival will see a record 48 teams compete for the honour of being crowned “the best of the best”. Eighteen taonga are to be won, including the latest, Te Taonga a Te Tai Pukarukaru o Poutini, which will be awarded for the best written composition in the Maori language, a non-aggregate discipline. It was donated by Ngati Waewae and Makaawhio, two hapu or subtribes of the South Island tribe, Ngai Tahu — an ardent proponent of Maori language revitalisation. Te Matatini executive director, Carl Ross said many of the taonga are dedicated to people who were prominent figures in Maori performing arts and the festival itself. “The awards are powerful symbols for the winners, recognising the time, effort and sacrifices they’ve made to reach their level of excellence. Of course, natural talent is also a factor. “The awards are also important motivators for kapa haka and individual performers — it encourages a strong competitive spirit,” Mr Ross said. Taonga are awarded to the team with the highest score in the compulsory disciplines, including whakaeke (a

■ Te Toa Whakaihuwaka, Overall Winner — Duncan Mclntyre Trophy: Awarded to the winner of the Finals Day competition ■ Whakaeke: Te Taonga a Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust: Awarded to the winner of ‘Whakaeke’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Moteatea: Te Taonga a Te Kani Te Ua: Awarded to the winner of ‘Moteatea’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Waiata-a-Ringa: Te Taonga a Ikaroa: Awarded to the winner of ‘Waiata-a-Ringa’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Poi: Te Taonga a Aotea District Maori Council: Awarded to the winner of ‘Poi’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Haka: Te Taoka Te Ngakau Aroha o Te Waipounamu: Awarded to the winner of ‘Haka’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Whakawatea: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Wi Te Tau Huata: Awarded to the winner of ‘Whakawatea’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Te Kairangi o Te Mita o Te Reo: Mobil Oil Te Reo Excellence Trophy: Awarded to the winner of ‘Te Kairangi o Te Reo’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Waiata Tira: Te Taonga a te Ropu Waiata Maori o Aotearoa: Awarded to the winner of ‘Waiata Tira’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Manukura Tane: Te Taonga a Dr Bruce Gregory: Awarded to the winner of ‘Kaitataki Tane’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Manukura Wahine: Te Korowai Manukura Wahine: Awarded to the winner of ‘Kaitataki Wahine’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Manukura Wahine: Te Taonga a Atareta Maxwell: Awarded to the winner of ‘Kaitaki Wahine’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Kakahu: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Wairakau Paia Waipara: Awarded to the winner of Kakahu from the Pool Rounds ■ Titonga Hou Poi (Lyrics & Music): Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Ngahiraka Busby: Awarded to the winner of ‘Titonga Poi’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Titonga Hou Haka (Lyrics & Music): Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Anaru Skip Paenga: Awarded to the winner of ‘Titonga Haka’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Titonga Hou Waiata a Ringa (Lyrics & Music): He Tohu Aroha na Te Whenua Moemoea: Awarded to the winner of ‘Titonga Waiata-aRinga’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Titonga Waiata Hou (Lyrics & Music) Best Original Composition Overall: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Taa Kingi Ihaka: Awarded to the winner of ‘Titonga Waiata Hou’ from the Pool Rounds ■ Te Taonga a Te Tai Pukarukaru o Poutini: Awarded for best written composition in the Maori language

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choreographed entry), moteatea (traditional chant), poi (light ball swung on the end of a rope), waiata-a-ringa (action song), haka and whakawatea (exit), as well as noncompulsory disciplines from the pool rounds. The Toa Whakaihuwaka (overall winner) taonga, and second and third place are awarded to the teams with the

highest scores from the finals day. Te Mauri o te Matatini, or the life force of Te Matatini, travels to each Te Matatini venue and is cared for by the host tribe, currently Ngati Kahungunu. Of local interest is the trophy for the Exit (Whakawatea: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Wi Te Tau Huata), which was dedicated to Canon Wi Huata, who was a

former chaplain of the 28 Maori Battalion during World War II. His compositions included Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, a song describing tribal unity that was used to promote peace after the war. The award for best traditional chant (Moteatea: Te Taonga a Te Kani Te Ua) is dedicated to Te Kani Te Ua (1892-1966), a leading orator of the East

Te Matatini executive director, Carl Ross

"The awards are powerful symbols for the winners." Coast tribe of Te Aitanga a Mahaki and a son-in-law of Sir Apirana Ngata. Another trophy (Best Original Composition Overall: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Ta Kingi Ihaka) remembers Sir Kingi Ihaka, an Anglican priest who was wellknown for his compositions for Maori cultural groups and the first chairman of the festival in its early years. One of two awards for the best female leader is named after the late Atareta Maxwell, a sister of Sir Howard Morrison. She performed for the Rotorua group, Ngati Rangiwewehi and was named best female leader in 1992 and 1996.


2017 OFFICIAL PROGRAMME DAY 1: TE IHU Taite, 23 Pepuere 2017

Te Huakina o te Keti (Stage Arena Gate Opens) – 7.00am Karakia – 8.00am 1 Te Manu Huia 2 Hatea Kapa Haka 3 Waioweka 4 Te Reanga Morehu o Ratana KAI O TE ATA = 20 mins 5 Ngati Rangiwewehi Kapa Haka 6 Nga Manu a Tane 7 Tauira Mai Tawhiti 8 Te Pikikotuku o Ngati Rongomai TE WA TINA = 45 mins 9 Te Pou-o-Mangataawhiri 10 Tutara Kauika ki Rangataua 11 Tu Te Maungaroa 12 Te Puu Ao KAI O TE AHIAHI = 20 mins 13 Te Iti Kahurangi 14 Nga Manu Waiata 15 Te Matarae I Orehu KARAKIA WHAKAKAPI

Thursday, 23 February 2017

ROHE Tamaki Makaurau Te Taitokerau Mataatua Aotea

TIMATA 8.40am 9.17am 9.54am 10.31am

MUTU 9.10am 9.47am 10.24am 11.01am

Te Arawa Waitaha Mataatua Te Arawa

11.21am 11.58am 12.35pm 1.12pm

11.51am 12.28pm 1.05pm 1.42pm

Tainui Mataatua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Te Taitokerau

2.27pm 3.04pm 3.41pm 4.18pm

2.57pm 3.34pm 4.11pm 4.48pm

Tainui Te Whenua Moemoea Te Arawa

5.08pm 5.45pm 6.22pm 7pm

5.38pm 6.15pm 6.52pm

DAY 2: TE HAUMI Paraire, 24 Pepuere 2017

Te Huakina o te Keti (Stage Arena Gate Opens) – 7.00am Karakia – 8.00am 1 Te Kapa Haka o Whangara Mai Tawhiti 2 Motai Tangata Rau 3 Te Taha Tu 4 Tu Te Manawa Maurea KAI O TE ATA = 20 mins 5 Ngaa Pou o Roto 6 Te Rerenga Kotuku 7 Te Kapa Haka o Ruatoki 8 Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki Uawa TE WA TINA = 45 mins 9 Te Hikuwai 10 Nga Tumanako 11 Te Kapa Haka o Ngati Ranginui 12 Muriwhenua KAI O TE AHIAHI = 20 mins 13 Te Kapa Haka o Te Whanau-a-Apanui 14 Nga Kawai Hekenga o Nga Taonga Mai Tawhiti 15 Te Kapa Haka o Kairanga 16 Kia Ngawari KARAKIA WHAKAKAPI

Friday, 24 February 2017

ROHE Te Tairawhiti Tainui Tamaki Makaurau Te Tairawhiti

TIMATA 8.40am 9.17am 9.54am 10.31am

MUTU 9.10am 9.47am 10.24am 11.01am

Tainui Ngati Kahungunu Mataatua Te Tairawhiti

11.21am 11.58am 12.35pm 1.12pm

11.51am 12.28pm 1.05pm 1.42pm

Te Arawa Tamaki Makaurau Ngati Kahungunu Te Taitokerau

2.27pm 3.04pm 3.41pm 4.18pm

2.57pm 3.34pm 4.11pm 4.48pm

Mataatua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Rangitane Te Tau Ihu

5.08pm 5.45pm 6.22pm 6.59pm 7.35pm

5.38pm 6.15pm 6.52pm 7.29pm


2017 OFFICIAL PROGRAMME DAY 3: TE KEI Rahoroi, 25 Pepuere 2017

Te Huakina o te Keti (Stage Arena Gate Opens) – 7.00am Karakia – 8.00am 1 Opotiki Mai Tawhiti 2 Te Ahikomau a Hamoterangi 3 Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga 4 Hikurangi KAI O TE ATA = 20 mins 5 Tuhourangi - Ngati Wahiao 6 Nga Purapura o Te Taihauauru 7 Te Matapihi 8 Te Pao a Tahu TE WA TINA = 45 mins 9 WaihIrere 10 Tamatea Arikinui 11 Te Waka Huia 12 Nga Taonga Mai Tawhiti KAI O TE AHIAHI = 20 mins 13 Te Tu Mataora 14 Te Poutumaro 15 Te Roopu Manutaki 16 Te Kaheru Matarau a Haua WHAKAINGOTIA TE MATANGIRUA KARAKIA WHAKAKAPI

Saturday, 25 February 2017

ROHE Mataatua Waitaha Ngati Kahungunu Te Tairawhiti

TIMATA 8.40am 9.17am 9.54am 10.31am

MUTU 9.10am 9.47am 10.24am 11.01am

Te Arawa Aotea Aotea Waitaha

11.21am 11.58am 12.35pm 1.12pm

11.51am 12.28pm 1.05pm 1.42pm

Te Tairawhiti Ngati Kahungunu Tamaki Makaurau Te Whanganui-a-Tara

2.27pm 3.04pm 3.41pm 4.18pm

2.57pm 3.34pm 4.11pm 4.48pm

Rangitane Waitaha Tamaki Makaurau Tainui

5.08pm 5.45pm 6.22pm 6.59pm 8pm 8.05pm

5.38pm 6.15pm 6.52pm 7.29pm

DAY 4: TE MATANGIRUA Ratapu, 26 Pepuere 2017 Te Huakina o te Keti (Stage Arena Gate Opens) – 7.00am Karakia – 8.00am 1 Kapa Haka Tuatahi 2 Kapa Haka Tuarua 3 Kapa Haka Tuatoru KAI O TE ATA = 20 mins 4 Kapa Haka Tuawha 5 Kapa Haka Tuarima 6 Kapa Haka Tuaono TE WA TINA = 45 mins 7 Kapa Haka Tuawhitu 8 Kapa Haka Tuawaru 9 Kapa Haka Tuaiwa TE WAHANGA WHAKAMUTUNGA TE WA TUKU TAONGA TE WA TUKU I TE MAURI KARAKIA WHAKAMUTUNGA *22nd February 2017 - Pohiri

ROHE

Sunday, 26 February 2017

TIMATA

MUTU

8.40am 9.17am 9.54am

9.10am 9.47am 10.24am

10.44am 11.21am 11.58am

11.14am 11.51am 12.28pm

1.13pm 1.50pm 2.27pm

1.43pm 2.20pm 2.57pm

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