Thursday, 21 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey: Week One Day Four Bonus Activity: Musical Festivals - Matatini

Bonus Activity: Musical Festivals – Matatini

In New Zealand, a huge festival is held every two years, called Te Matatini. This performing arts festival celebrates the tikanga (culture or customs) of Māori. Kapa Haka groups from around New Zealand are invited to attend the festival and each group gives a 25-minute performance. The performances are judged and the best teams win prizes.

The gold medal winning team from this year (2017) was Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti.

Watch these three clips from previous Te Matatini festivals.

Te Iti Kahurangi

Te Puku o Te Ika

On your blog, rank the performances from your favourite (#1) to least favourite (#3) and tell us why you gave them the ranking that you did.


  1. Kia Ora Saveu

    My name is Jolie and I go to Glen Innes School.

    Amazing work!! I agree with you Tamatea Arikinui were harmonising beautifully. I cant wait to see more of your blog post keep up the great work :)

  2. Kia ora Saveu

    What an amazing job you have done. You explained this task so well. What is the most common waiata do you sing at school?

  3. Hey Save’u,

    You have done a stellar job of expressing your reasoning behind your ranking order. Well done on providing reasons that focussed mainly on the positive aspects of each performance. I thought it was very considerate of you, since each of the performances have different meanings and are cultural treasures. What do you think Te Puku o Te Ika’s performance was about?

    This reminds me of when I was in Kapa Haka and the cultural group in school, it took a lot of hard work and practice to get the routines and singing right. Have you ever been a part of a cultural group or Kapa Haka? Let me know in the comment section below.

    Toe feiloa’i fo’i,