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Te Kuraroa withdraws from Te Matatini 2017

07th December, 2016

Te Kuraroa withdraws from Te Matatini 2017

Te Kuraroa withdraws from Te Matatini 2017

 

An Australian kapa haka, Te Kuraroa, has withdrawn from Te Matatini 2017.

The pan tribal group from Western Australia was unable to field a full team for the national festival.

“I know they are very disappointed at being unable to compete,” said Carl Ross, Executive Director of Te Matatini. 

“Kapa haka is an important way of connecting with our language and culture for Māori overseas and Te Kuraroa worked hard to qualify along with Ngā Manu Waiata in the Australian competition held in April this year,” he said. 

Te Kuraroa spokesperson Teresa Temara said pulling out of Te Matatini was a sad decision.

"But we'll continue rebuilding kapa haka in Western Australia and look forward to showcasing it here in the future."

Te Kuraroa was scheduled to perform on Day 1 of Te Matatini in Hastings. The number of competing teams for that day has now been reduced to 15.

 

For more information go to: 
www.kahungunufestival.com/
www.tematatini.co.nz

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