Te Matatini 2009

Highlights: Friday and Saturday at 9.00 PM on Maori Television

Finals: Sunday from 8.30 AM on Maori Television

Te Matatini 2009 – the world’s largest festival of Maori performing arts, featuring the best kapa haka performers from Aotearoa and beyond – kicks off this week, and Maori Television will be there to capture the best of the action.

TE MATATINI 2009 HIGHLIGHTS will screen on Maori Television on Friday and Saturday from 9.00 PM until 11.00 PM.

TE MATATINI 2009 LIVE FINALS will screen on Sunday from 8.30 AM to 4.00 PM.

The national kapa haka competition runs every two years, and will this year be held at Baypark, Tauranga.

Some 30,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event, to see 36 teams from 13 regions – including Australia – compete for the national title.

The teams have already been through a regional selection round, and already represent the cream of the crop in their respective rohe.

It has been tough to get this far, but the business end of the competition is only just beginning.  Now each team must enter one of three pools – but only the top three of each pool can advance through to the finals. After the last performance on Saturday February 21, the judges’ marks will determine the top nine finalists who will come back one more time on Sunday to decide the supreme 2009 winner.

Current title holders, Whangara Mai Tawhiti are back again this time – but can they come up trumps again?

The competition began in Rotowhio, Rotorua in 1972, and since then has gone on to become the premier cultural festival in Maoridom.  Te Matatini is often credited as contributing to the rise of inter-regional, inter-iwi and inter-marae pride; the development of school competitions throughout the country; a greater awareness of how to excel in different aspects of performance, and the development of leaders, both on and off the stage.

The main focus will be on the performances, but support events include an education day, to allow primary and intermediate school-aged children to take part in kapa haka workshops, and a visual art exhibition.

Te Matatini 2009 promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Join in the fun with Maori Television’s coverage, TE MATATINI 2009 HIGHLIGHTS 2009, Friday and Saturday from 9.00 PM and TE MATATINI 2009 LIVE FINALS, Sunday from 8.30 AM.

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  • Moanaroa

    I am interested in watching the Te Matatini this weekend. I reside in Australia & would like to know if Im able to hook up on the internet to watch the Kapahaka.

    Could you please give me the website address to watch this?

    Kia Ora

  • Bo

    Same as above i live in U.S.A and my iwis back in the mix and would be nice to watch and if i could watch it on the internet then that would be sweet

    anyways te arawa tu taiaha!

    mauri toa!

  • Harata

    I like the comment from the person who sent the e mail about watching the Matatini comps on the internet, I am also interested as I live in Melbourne and would like to keep track of the teams that went back to represent Australia. (Poipiripi-Melbourne)and (Te Roopu Tautoko-Brisbane).

  • Ponguru

    Matatini will be streaming live on http://www.maoritelevision from 8am on Sunday, the final day (NZ time). Coverage of the whole event can also be heard streaming live on http://www.irirangi.net. Mauri ora.

  • Awhina

    Like the other posts, what is the website for Te Matatini 2009. We have two teams from Ruatoki to watch. Can anyone provide the website for internet screening.

  • chero

    Since there are no finals tomorrow and not screening LIVE why doesn’t Maori Television screen the last 10 LIVE????

  • Honeykahu

    So does any1 kno who won the matatini 2009?

  • Ari

    Waka Huia 1st Whangara 2nd whanau apanui 3rd matarae & tuhourangi 4th equal and Te Iti Kahurangi 5th (WHOOP WHOOP) GO ITIZ!!

  • Leah

    Im the same as the lot above. I reside in Australia & want to know if i can also watch over the net or wither DVD’s can be purchased of the final 9 groups??? Could you please send me further information on how i could go about this??
    Naku Noa

  • Leah

    Te waka Huia won, Whangara mai tawhiti 2ns & Te Whanau a Apanui 3rd.


    I went over to see kapa haka this year and felt so proud.Do you sell copies/dvds of the whole festival?Kia Ora