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Te Matatini – Friday Megapost – All the events in one place

Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival

Te Matatini is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for performers, their whānau and the mass of passionate Kapa Haka fans throughout the world.

The 2019 event will be held at Westpac Stadium in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington).

The festival prides itself on being whānau friendly, smoke, and alcohol-free event. It has an open-door policy, where all people are welcome to come and experience the timeless tradition and spectacle of Kapa Haka.

The festival theme ‘Te Matatini ki te Ao’ is the ‘name’ of the 2019 festival. The theme is an embodiment of the aspirations and dreams of the festival hosts Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa me ngā iwi o Taranaki whānui.

The iwi of the region – whose responsibility it is to manaaki visitors to the festival – envisage a festival brand that will exemplify the cultural vibrancy of Wellington; the phenomena that make up the geography and natural elements of the area; and the rich heritage and kōrero of mana whenua.

The theme promotes the status of Te Matatini as a world-class festival, and will be a global stage for Māori performance excellence featuring the very best in competitive kapa haka.

‘Te Matatini ki te Ao’, has a deeper meaning than its English translation of “the many faces to the world”. Throughout te ao Maori (the Māori world) the suggestion is that the world’s people are invited to participate alongside iwi, as we prepare to attract over 3,000 of the world’s top kapa haka exponents, tens of thousands of supporters and spectators, attracting both local and international tourists, as they converge on to Te Whanganui a Tara in February of 2019.

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Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019 | Free Live Streaming

We welcome you to join us, this weekend for a free, live streaming of Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019.

Held every two years, this is the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. The National Kapa Haka festival, will be showing in Cinema 2 from 9am till end of the event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Grab your whānau and friends and join us, to support your community with this free streaming!

House lights will be dimmed, to provide for people to come and go throughout the day.

To see timings and the order of performances please head here:

Please note that this screening is a free live stream for the purposes of supporting our wider community and thus limited in their technical capacity. While we will strive to make this stream as smooth as possible for your enjoyment, we may experience connection disruptions.

Free event, seating is limited.

The Roxy Cinema – 5 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand 6022 – Today from 09:00-20:00


Musical Performance: The Sounds of Our Ancestors


The sounds of taonga puoro (Māori musical instruments) meet those of ancient China in this otherworldly collaboration between musicians Horomona Horo and Jon He.

Witness a unique performance that brings taonga puoro into harmony with ancient Chinese instruments reinterpreted for the 21st century. Then hear Jon He and Horomona Horo talk about their collaboration, in a conversation with Rebecca Rice, curator of Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.

Music was essential to ritual in ancient China, playing a vital role in linking the realms of Heaven and Earth. In this collaborative performance, musicians Horomona Horo and Jon He unite ancient sounds with cutting-edge technologies. Discover affinities between Māori and Chinese music, including the shared importance of instruments beyond entertainment – in rites of passage, storytelling, and daily life.

This event is presented in collaboration with Massey University’s College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi.

Te Papa – 55 Cable St, Wellington – Today from 18:30-19:30

Special Film Screening: Merata – How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to share in the celebration of Māori creativity happening in Wellington City for Te Matatini 2019 with this very special event at our premiere heritage venue – Old St Paul’s.

Join us on Friday night, along with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision to welcome Hepi Mita (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi) who will introduce the globally acclaimed portrait of his mother in ‘Merata – How Mum Decolonised the Screen’. Merata Mita was one of New Zealand’s most important film makers, and an international champion for women in indigenous film. This screening is a special opportunity to see the film in the unique setting of Old St Paul’s following its hugely successful appearances at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Entry is by koha, with all proceeds going to support the film-maker.

Old St Paul’s – 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand 6011 – Today from 19:30-21:30

Te Papa – Open late during Matatini Ka tuwhera ā pō noa

Join us for a late night. The whole museum, including Terracotta Warriors, is open until 9pm on Thur 21–Sat 23 Feb.

General museum entry free but entry fees apply for ‘Terracotta Warriors’.

Toi Art Market

Te Wharewaka o Poneke beside the Lagoon sits centre stage and hosts Toi Māori Art Market a showcase of the visual arts. Displayed over two floors of the iconic Event Centre, visitors will be able to see the art and meet the artists.

Opening times:
Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The Toi Māori Art Market will also feature a programme of panel discussions, interviews, performances and presentations. Invited international, national and local guest speakers will share their art and practices as well as give their thoughts on a range of interesting topics relating to the past, present and future of Contemporary Māori Art.

The Toi Māori Art Market is also the prime opportunity to purchase works from New Zealand’s best emerging and established Māori artists.

This whanau friendly event is the largest gathering of contemporary Māori Art in the country and is sure to inspire.

Te Wharewaka o Poneke – Odlins Plaza, 15 Jervois Quay, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Entry by Gold Coin Donation.

Toi Art Market: Canada Calling

International guests master carver Dempsey Bob and artist educator Brenda Crabtree share their stories about their art careers, particularly focused on their journey linking to Maori artists.

Today from 13:00-13:45

Toi Art Market: Carving Out a Career

Artists discuss the challenges of surviving as a professional artist; including Rangi Kipa with his wide array of art and design.

Today from 15:00-15:45

Toi Art Market: Moko Me

Toi Art Market: Recipients of moko share their stories of how they came to the conclusion moko was for them and the process in having the work done.

Chaired by Garry Nicholas

Today from 14:00-14:45

Toi Art Market: Wahine Toa

As part of Toi Maori Art Market 2019, Toi Maori is excited to present a reading from the esteemed Patricia Grace to mark the re-publication of the book ‘Wahine Toa.’

Originally produced in 1984 with art by Robyn Kahukiwa and text by Patricia Grace, Wahine Toa brought to light the stories of eight important female elements who played a defining role in our creation. A much loved and respected book, copies of Wahine Toa have been known to sell for hundreds of dollars secondhand…

We are fortunate that Te Takupu and Te Wānanga o Raukawa have republished a bilingual edition of this beloved book, and copies of Wahine Toa will be available for purchase and for signing during this event.

Today from 11:00-12:00