Review: Te Matatini 2017

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Te Matatini 2017 was held in February in Hastings.

Every two years, the biggest event ever in the Māori calendar attracts thousands of people to watch Māori performing on a national competition level. Te Matatini (the many faces) is the only event that moves around New Zealand and showcases the best groups that excel in māori performing arts. Only a maximum team of 40 performers are allowed on the stage at any one time to performing original song or haka (war dance), and are judged by 20 top experts in their field of language, or song writing, or ancient chants.  Te Matatini – The Many Faces

Only a maximum team of 40 performers are allowed on the stage at any one time to performing original song or haka (war dance), and are judged by 20 top experts in their field of language, or songwriting, or ancient chants.  Te Matatini – The Many Faces

Te Matatini (the many faces) is the only event that moves around New Zealand and showcases the best groups that excel in māori performing arts.  Only a maximum team of 40 performers are allowed on the stage at any one time to performing original song or haka (war dance), and are judged by 20 top experts in their field of language, or song writing, or ancient chants.  Te Matatini – The Many Faces

Te Matatini (the many faces) is the only event that moves around New Zealand and showcases the best groups that excel in māori performing arts.  Only a maximum team of 40 performers are allowed on the stage at any one time to performing original song or haka (war dance), and are judged by 20 top experts in their field of language, or song writing, or ancient chants.  Te Matatini – The Many Faces

The event was carried over a coarse of 4 days with 47 teams from all around New Zealand and Australia competing for that number one spot.  I was fortunate enough to have the honour of performing for my family group Ngā Manu ā Tāne whom are the current regional winners for a third time in Christchurch.  Ngā Manu ā Tāne have recently celebrated their 10th year as a whānau and community group fostering te reo māori to all who want to learn.

The experience of performing at Te Matatini 2017 was an exciting time for the kappa haka team, and with just 16 weeks of training every weekend, Ngā Manu ā Tāne pulled together an outstanding programme that delivered a few hard hitting issues in today’s society with suicide amongst māori being one of the main issues that were delivered to an audience of more than 30,000.  Many faces and many issues were left for the judges to consider and the audience were left with challenges laid by all 47 teams.  Glad to say, that this was one of the most successful

The experience of performing at Te Matatini 2017 was an exciting time for the kappa haka team, and with just 16 weeks of training every weekend, Ngā Manu ā Tāne pulled together an outstanding programme. that delivered a few hard hitting issues in today’s society with suicide amongst māori being one of the main issues that were delivered to an audience of more than 30,000.

Many faces and many issues were left for the judges to consider and the audience were left with challenges laid by all 47 teams.

Glad to say, that this was one of the most successful campaigns and Te Matatini I have ever attended.  Te Matatini happens every two years. The next Te Matatini is to be held in Wellington in 2019.

If you get a chance, take yourself and friends and whānau to this excellent experience of a lifetime.

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