Mahi Toi me te Whakangahau
Te Matatini Society Incorporated is the national organisation responsible for fostering, developing and protecting traditional Māori performing arts. Our role is to pursue Māori cultural excellence, notably in Kapa Haka and the arts, but also in our contribution to the acquisition and elevation of Te Reo Māori.
Every two years Te Matatini produces a national Kapa Haka festival, which brings together representative groups from regional competitions (in 2016 there were 161 regional teams, 47 of which went through to the national festival). The festival is regarded as the ‘premiere Māori cultural performing arts festival’ and showcases traditional Māori performing arts.
Te Matatini also provides funding and support each year for the local, regional and national development of Kapa Haka. In order to foster cultural prosperity and wellbeing, we work with regional Kapa Haka committees, strategic partners and government funders to promote and lift the profile of Kapa Haka in schools, public festivals and significant national and international events.
Te Matatini is proud to sponsor Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori i Ngā Tohu Reo Māori and this year’s award for, ‘Mahi Toi me te Whakangahau’.
Mā tini, mā mano ka rangatira a Kapa Haka. Kapa Haka flourishes through the efforts of many.