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Te Matatini Society Inc

Te Matatini Society Inc.

Te Matatini ‘the many faces’ was incorporated in 1972 to foster, develop and protect excellence in Māori performing arts.  Alongside Te Matatini’s biennial national Kapa Haka festival the society also supports Māori performing arts in schools, at festivals, in wananga, with businesses and government departments, with master classes and on the international stage.

The Ministry manages Te Matatini's relationship with the Crown and administers government funding. A National Committee of representatives elected by the rohe governs the Society. A smaller Executive Committee oversees operations. The representatives appoint the Chair.

Te Matatini is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for perfomers, their whānau and the mass of passionate kapa haka fans throughout the world. The festival prides itself on being whānau friendly, smoke, and alcohol free event. It has an open door policy, where all people are welcome to come and experience the timeless tradition and spectacle of kapa haka.

The next Te Matatini festival will be held in 2019 in Wellington.

Watch the above Ministry YouTube clip in support of Te Matatini 2017.

Te Matarae I Orehu performing at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012.

To find out more about Te Matatini, view top kapa haka on show overseas in the above film clip which runs for 38 seconds.

These clips feature excerpts from performances but do not have any commentary.

Organisation Details

  • Chair – Selwyn Tanetoa Parata
  • Exective Director - Carl Ross

Contact Details

Te Matatini is governed by an Executive Committee who work alongside a National committee representing the 13 rohe ‘regional bodies’.

The Executive comprises of the Chair, four delegates elected by the Executive Committee and the delegate of the host region for the upcoming festival.

View a current list of regional committee delegates here.

Related links

Te Matatini website

Te Matatini 2015/16 annual report



Updated on 27th February 2017