Topic: Te Matatini 2013 – Rotorua

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Held in Rotorua in 1972, 1973, 1996 and 2013

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga karangatanga maha nau mai whakatau mai ki te tauranga paoho a Te Matatini

Te Matatini Society Incorporated, in conjunction with Te Arawa rohe, is proud to present Te Matatini 2013 - Rotorua.

New Zealand's national kapa haka competition and premiere Maori cultural performing arts festival.

Join us in celebrating the 21st Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival and experience the world’s largest celebration of Māori performing arts, showcasing Māori culture, talent, crafts and cuisine.

  • 41 elite kapa haka competing for the title of national champion
  • 4 days of fierce competition
  • 3 competition pools
  • 1 winner and new Toa Whakaihuwaka

a 40 Year History

The year 2012 marks a 40 year history of Te Matatini Society and its relationship with kapa haka.  Dating back to 1972 and our early beginnings as part of the Polynesian Festival to the eighties and nineties, where the organisation was known as the Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Society (ATMPAS).  In 2004, the society then became incorporated under its current name of Te Matatini.



Te Mata-tini may be best translated as ‘the many faces’. 

Māori Performing Arts brings together people of all ages, all backgrounds, all beliefs, Māori and non-Māori alike, participants and observers.  When I look, I see many faces, young and old  

Professor Wharehuia Milroy

Our name – Te Matatini - acknowledges the many faces of the people who contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of kapa haka – on stage, as spectators and supporters. It also recognises the contributions of the many people behind the scenes, including the composers, administrators, kuia and koroua, whanau, wardrobe and costumes coordinators, cooks and helpers, tamariki and others who work tirelessly and contribute voluntarily to support their Kapa Haka to be the best that they can be when representing their whānau, hapū and iwi. 

These many faces are often seen at kapa haka practices, at the marae, in the audiences at regional whakataetae (competitions) and the national kapa haka competition.

Te Matatini also encompasses the role of kapa haka in sustaining Māori culture.  Kapa haka provides a vehicle in which whānau, hapū and iwi can make connections and embark on personal and collective journeys into Māori cultural paradigms.  It also embodies the revitalisation and sustainability of te reo Māori (Māori language), ensuring that Māori culture and heritage remains vibrant and accessible for current and future generations.


Ki te whāngai, ki te whakatipu, ki te manaaki, i ngā mahi kapa haka kia puawai ki ōna taumata

To foster the grace, form, cultural expression, and excellence of kapa haka

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