Wellingtonians are urged to secure their tickets to New Zealand’s premier Māori performing arts event, Te Matatini ki te Ao, being held at Westpac Stadium from February 21.
Hosted in a different location every two years, the four-day national kapa haka festival attracts thousands of people to watch the top rōpu (groups) from around the country.
Interest in the festival is high with 5,600 tickets already sold, ahead of previous festivals, and large accommodation sites are booked out throughout the region, Mayor Justin Lester says.
“I encourage Wellingtonians to get behind one of the best events of the year. This is the pinnacle event for kapa haka in the country and is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see this event in our city.”
It is 40 years since the competition was held in the capital city, and 21 years since it was in the wider Wellington region.
“We are expecting about 60,000 people over the four-day event and I can’t wait to see Wellingtonians embrace the chance to watch the passion and vibrancy of the performances.”
Te Matatini chief executive Carl Ross says there is already a lengthy waiting list for corporate tickets.
“Tickets to the Te Matatini corporate lounges sold out in less than a minute after being released. This is indicative of the huge interests in the festival. “However unfortunately, because of this interest, some of our whānau have fallen victim to ticket scalping via the Viagogo website, some paying over double the normal ticket price.
“There are still general admission tickets available and I encourage any person wishing to purchase tickets to Te Matatini to do so via the official Ticketek website.”
WREDA Events and Experiences General Manager Warrick Dent says that while Te Matatini takes place in Wellington City, the economic and social impact will be spread across the Wellington region.
“Teams and their supporters are staying in a range of accommodation including hotels, motels and marae in all corners of the region. This will see the region, not just the city, come alive with Māori ahurea and live up to Wellington’s reputation as the capital of culture.”
Updated on 29th January 2019