Te Matatini 2015 is a celebration of Māori culture and performance. Held this year in Hagley Park in its 43rd year, there are around 1,800 performers from throughout New Zealand and Australia who have been practising for many months including some from CPIT. Stan Tawa, tutor in the culinary programmes at CPIT, is in charge of the menu at Te Matatini. He talks about some of the kai in this One News clip. (Aired 4 March at 6.19pm.)
The event was launched on Wednesday 4 March with a pōwhiri where Hana O’Regan, Director of Student Services Division at CPIT, performed the karanga. See video footage of some of this occasion on the Stuff website.
Here are the three kapa haka teams from Waitaha (Canterbury region) performing at Te Matatini 2015 and some of their backgrounds. Hohepa Waitoa, one of CPIT’s Te Puna Wānaka tutors also talks about his team, Ngā Manu a Tāne.
If you can’t make it down to Hagley Park to see this spectacular event in the next few days you can see it as a livestream from Maori TV until it ends on Sunday 8 March.
Kia waimarie to all the competitors.