Real Waikato head to Te Matatini

This February, the Real Waikato Team travelled to the sunny Heretaunga, Hawke’s Bay, for the National Kapa Haka Competition, Te Matatini.

This bi-annual event is globally recognised for its amazing Kapa Haka, with performers from all over Aotearoa coming together to compete for the top prize.

Once the gates opened at 7am it was a race to the grounds to lay out the tarp and watch the best of the best bring out months of hard work - all of which was crammed into a 20 minute performance. The atmosphere was electric during the four-day long competition, with hundreds of thousands of volunteers, judges, caterers and, of course, performers getting together to celebrate Māori waiata, haka, whakapapa and tuakiri.

But, if you look beyond the animated crowds, past endless lines of kai stalls and behind staunch performers, you will also get a glimpse into the best of Māori, as a culture, as a taonga, as a people.

Renee, Amanda, Chaz and Ashdyn enjoying the festivities.

It was a privilege for the The Real Waikato whānau to take part in celebrating te ao Māori through this prestigious kapa haka event, because Te Matatini highlights what being Māori encompasses.

The Real Waikato whānau take pride in helping young people feel great about their journey through life through our In-School Development Programme and Tairanga service, and we feel both encouraged and empowered when our rangatahi thrive in their achievements.

Te Matatini reflects this whakaro and made for a memorable time had by all in the team.

Published: 01 March 2017