Tāonga

Prize-giving takes place on the final competition day.

  • Tāonga are awarded to the team with the highest score in the compulsory and non-compulsory disciplines from the pool rounds.
  • The Toa Whakaihuwaka (overall winner) taonga, and second and third place are awarded to the teams with the highest scores from the finals day.

Te Toa Whakaihuwaka, Overall Winner - Duncan Mclntyre Trophy

Awarded to the winner of the Finals Day competition

Current winners - 2017: Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti

Donor: Duncan Mclntyre, Minister of Māori Affairs 1979-73, 1976-79

Rt Hon Duncan Mclntyre was the Minister of Māori Affairs during the first festival in 1972. At that time there was a resurgence and revival of Māori language traditions, especially among rangatahi. The trophy has been donated to promote rangatahi in their pursuit of excellence in Te Reo Māori and its traditions. 

te toa whakaihuwaka

 

 

Whakaeke: Te Taonga a Te Whānau ō Waipareira Trust

Awarded to the winner of 'Whakaeke' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Te Whānau o Waipareira

This trophy is modeled on Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust’s logo, designed by Mei Collins. The design is based on the trust’s motto- “Kōkiri i roto i te kotahitanga” – “progressively act in unity” – a motto created by several kaumātua. The taonga and its design reflects the unrelenting power and force of the tides; the three baskets of knowledge, productivity and a new lease of life. It was first presented at the 1994 festival in Hāwera.

whakaeke

 

 

Mōteatea: Te Taonga a Te Kani Te Ua 

Awarded to the winner of 'Mōteatea' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki

Carved by Moni Taumaunu (Ngāti Porou) and Bill Mau (Ngāpuhi), This trophy was made from an eight foot strainer post found on the slopes of Mangatu. Its base is made out of a piece of timber from Hato Paora College near Feilding. There are two hands holding the sides of the receptacle representing Tāne fashioning Hine Ahuone from Papatūanuku (Mother Earth).

moteatea

 

 

Waiata ā Ringa: Te Taonga a Ikaroa

Awarded to the winner of 'Waiata-ā-Ringa' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Ngāti Poneke Young Māori Club through Minister of Māori Affairs, Rt Hon Duncan Mclntyre

This trophy was donated in 1972 by Ngāti Poneke who were at the forefront of Māori Performing Arts especially in this category. The group had won the Wellington and Ikaroa district competitions and performed at festivals in Tauranga, Ngāruawahia and the Hui Aranga. Ngāti Poneke has the distinction of being the trophy’s first winner.

waiata a ringa

 

 

Poi: Te Taonga a Aotea District Maori Council 

Awarded to the winner of 'Poi' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Aotea District Māori Council

When the 1972 Polynesian Festival Competition was first mooted, it was acknowledged by the National Committee, that Taranaki were the exponents of the poi in its traditional forms - poi harakeke, poi raupo and poi atua etc. These and other forms of poi were performed at tangi. It was further noted that Tohu Kakahi, the Parihaka chief, adopted the poi as his symbol of peace and goodwill. This was done at the same time that Te Whiti o Rongomai adopted the white feather. Aotea was given the opportunity to donate a trophy in 1972, by the Aotea council on behalf of the Aotea district.

 poi

 

 

Haka: Te Taoka Te Ngākau Aroha o Te Waipounamu 

Awarded to the winner of 'Haka' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Timua Crofts

This trophy was presented to the then Polynesian National Committee on behalf of the Waitaha Cultural Council. When it was designed in the form of Mt Aoraki there were two main themes in Timua Croft’s mind – 'Te Reo o Aoraki' and 'te ngākau aroha'. Both these elements have significance for Ngāi Tahu. At the time, Ngāi Tahu dialect and reo among its own members was not regarded as strong and vibrant, compared to other tribal groups.

Te reo o Aoraki in the form of the tupuna maunga, Aoraki, was seen as the pinnacle to which Ngāi Tahu should aspire. 'Te ngākau aroha' on the other hand, represents Ngāi Tahu maintaining and retaining their Māori heart and values of aroha and manaakitanga. The saying "te ngākau aroha" was devised by Te Aritaua Pitama and was adopted as the motto for the then active Kapa Haka, Te Whetū Ariki o Kahukura.

haka

 

 

Whakawātea: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Wi Te Tau Huata 

Awarded to the winner of 'Whakawātea' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Wi and Ybel Huata whānau

This trophy was presented in recognition of Canon Wi and Ybel Huata’s great contribution to composing, tutoring and writing music, and their leadership of numerous Kapa Haka. It recognises their environment with He Toa Takitini – a Kapa Haka which performed at the festival in 1972 – and from which many people went on to form, or lead others.

whakawatea

 

 

Te Kairangi o Te Mita o Te Reo: Mobil Oil Te Reo Excellence Trophy

Awarded to the winner of 'Te Kairangi o Te Reo' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd

This trophy represents Mobil Oil's commitment to supporting and fostering the arts in general and Māori art and language in particular. Mobil seeks to recognise those involved in ensuring a new generation of Māori achieve fluency in te reo and regards the resurgence of interest in te reo. 

 Te Kairangi o te reo

 

 

Waiata Tira: Te Taonga a te Rōpū Waiata Māori o Aotearoa

Awarded to the winner of 'Waiata Tira' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Iti Kahurangi

Donor: National Māori Choir

Presented in Rotorua in 1996, the original trophy included white glass pieces with kōwhaiwhai which represented the opera 'Ka Awatea' performed by the donor group. The red glass background represents the throat from which the greenstone originated, and the essence symbolises the quality sound that comes from trained voices. The music symbol on the greenstone is the official logo of the National Māori Choir.

waiata tira

 

 

Manukura Tāne: Te Taonga a Dr Bruce Gregory

Awarded to the winner of 'Kaitātaki Tane' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Mātārae I Ōrehu

Donor: Dr Bruce Gregory, MP, Northern Māori 1980-1993

This trophy was presented by Dr. Gregory as a gift from the heart and was intended for Māori who devote enormous time to Kapa Haka. The trophy is his contribution to the traditional Māori performing arts and the pursuit of excellence.

 

kaitataki tane

 

 

Manukura Wahine: Te Korowai Manukura Wahine

Awarded to the winner of 'Kaitataki Wahine' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Sponsored by Te Waka Toi

In 2011 a new korowai for Kaitātaki Wahine was presented at Te Matatini o Te Ra - Tairāwhiti festival. Made by Teresa Murray at Te Puia, Rotorua, and kindly sponsored by Te Waka Toi, the korowai is a poutama pattern constructed from muka and pūkeko feathers.

kaitataki wahine

 

Manukura Wahine: Te Taonga a Atareta Maxwell

Awarded to the winner of 'Kaitaki Wahine' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

The koru is a symbol of new life and new beginnings. The young fern enjoys the protection of the stronger, mature fern until it is eventually able to stand alone.

Atareta gave her life in support of others. This pounamu pictures her hand, stretched out in a gesture of love and assistance to those many people she shared her wealth of knowledge with over the years. 

The little koru snuggled safely in the palm of the hand represents the ones she has nurtured and helped grow into fine performers and capable adults. 

 Atareta Maxwell taonga

 

 

Kākahu: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Wairākau Paia Waipara

Awarded to the winner of Kākahu from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Waka Huia

Donor: Waipara whānau of Rongowhakaata

The original trophy for Kākahu was presented at the 1996 Rotorua Festival in honour of the late Wairākau Waipara QSM who excelled in designing costumes, kete, kākahu, piupiu and whāriki.

The Waipara whānau replaced the taonga for presentation at the 2017 Te Kahu o Te Amorangi Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, with this manaia based on the Rongowhakaata form.

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Titonga Hou Poi (Lyrics & Music): Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Ngahiraka Busby

Awarded to the winner of 'Titonga Poi' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Tū Mataora

titonga poi

 

 

Titonga Hou Haka (Lyrics & Music): Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Anaru Skip Paenga

Awarded to the winner of 'Titonga Haka' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Tauira Mai Tawhiti

titonga haka

 

 

Titonga Hou Waiata ā Ringa (Lyrics & Music): He Tohu Aroha nā Te Whenua Moemoea

Awarded to the winner of 'Titonga Waiata-ā-Ringa' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Tauira Mai Tawhiti

titonga waiata a ringa

 

 

Mōteatea Titonga Hou: 'Te Rangitūhāhā'

Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Mauriora Kingi

Awarded to the winner of 'Mōteatea Titonga Hou' from the Pool Rounds

Current Winners - 2017: Te Tū Mataora

Donated By: Te Arawa Whānui

Sponsored By: The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute (NZMACI) / Te Puia Ltd

Donated in honour of the late Mauriora Kingi, MNZM, JP, senior spokesman in Te Arawa. This taonga was presented in recognition of his immense contribution to cultural revitalisation within Te Arawa and longest serving judge in Te Matatini and Secondary Schools kapa haka festivals in his lifetime.

NZMACI 2017 Graduate Carver Tukiri Tini of Te Arawa, Tainui and Ngāi Tahu, named the toki poutangata ‘Te Rangitūhāhā’ in salutation to one of the finest orators in the history of Te Arawa, it was also Mauriora’s birth name.

Mauriora Kingi Moteatea Titonga Hou

 

 

Titonga Waiata Hou (Lyrics & Music) Best Original Composition Overall: Te Taonga Whakamaumahara ki a Taa Kingi Ihaka

Awarded to the winner of 'Titonga Waiata Hou' from the Pool Rounds

Current winners - 2017: Te Tū Mataora

Donor: Ihaka whānau

Among all his other achievements, Sir Kingi Ihaka was the inaugural chairperson of the New Zealand Polynesian, and the then Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Festival National Committee. It was a position he held from 1972 – 1993, except for a period of two years when he resided in Sydney, Australia. Tā Kingi was a composer, writer of music, tutor and leader of such Kapa Haka as the Wairarapa Anglican, Putiki Wharanui, (Whanganui), Wellington Anglican and Auckland Anglican groups. He was also the second Māori Language Commissioner.

titonga waiata hou

 

 

Te Kairangi o Te Reo ā-Tuhi: Te Taonga a Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini

Awarded to the winner of 'Te Kairangi o Te Rea ā-Tuhi' from the Pool Rounds

Donor: Poutini Kāi Tahu – Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio

Current winners - 2017: Te Mātārae I Ōrehu

Te Tai-pūkarukaru o Poutini - The gentle rippling waves of the Poutini Coast

The tides of Poutini take many forms - from wild, crashing westerly blown surf to the ocean nutrient rich currents sustaining a fertile fishery.  But there is one tide that, on the calmest of days, simply laps the shores.  These are the seas that create a soothing atmosphere.  The sounds are pleasant to the ear and they remind one of home places, of lost friends and lovers, and of the natural beauty that is the Poutini Coast.  A beautiful composition should evoke a full range of emotions.  The flow of words should be gentle and not harsh.  The language should be able to paint pictures and connect with the listening soul of the audience.  Just as the tides do, it should remind one of home,  friends and lovers.  Personal experiences and complex emotions should be roused by a great composition within every individual who hears the poetry.  The hapū of Poutini are honoured to celebrate these written compositions and the stories they tell.

The trophy, presented by Poutini Kāi Tahu in 2017 was named by Tahu Pōtiki and designed and carved by Poutini artisans, Fayne Robinson and Turi Gibb using the finest pounamu to bring to life the

Poutini tides.  We hope that the taoka itself and any visit to the pounamu rich coastlines of Poutini will bring with it its own personal journey of the soul and the spirit.

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Te Matatini Mauri

At the end of each festival, a formal ceremony is held for the current Host Committee to pass the Te Matatini mauri to the next festival hosts.

te matatini mauri