About Us

National Organisation for Kapa Haka in Aotearoa, NZ

Te Matatini is an incorporated society. Our story began in 1972 when we were part of the Polynesian Festival. We grew in size and strength through the 1980s and 90s, and were known as "Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Society". In 2004, we became Te Matatini Society Incorporated.

Kaupapa

Ki te whāngai, ki te whakatipu, ki te manaaki i nga mahi kapa haka kia pūāwai ki ōna taumata
To foster, develop and protect kapa haka in the pursuit of excellence

Vision

Mā tini, mā mano ka rangatira a kapa haka
Kapa haka flourishes through the efforts of many

The Pursuit of Excellence

We foster, develop and protect traditional Māori performing arts in the pursuit of excellence


Celebrating Kapa Haka Excellence


We own and organise the biennial Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival

Showcasing Kapa Haka Excellence


We fund and support regional kapa haka development, and produce new kapa haka shows

Taking Haka Excellence To The World


We send the best kapa haka overseas to represent Te Matatini and New Zealand at major international events