Central to the bid was the opportunity to give back to iwi who came and supported us in our time of need. We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support that we’ve had from iwi all around the country. This is our chance to reciprocate that aroha, care and support.

-Te Waitaha Cultural Council

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts, attracting over 30,000 performers, supporters and visitors – and next year it’s happening in Christchurch!

The 2015 festival runs from 4th-8th March at Hagley Park, and will be a joint venture between Ngai Tahu, the Christchurch City Council and the Waitaha Cultural Council Trust.

Can you help?

Due to the challenges in our city for practice space and accommodation, the churches of Christchurch have been offered the opportunity to support the event, particularly in the following areas:

Kapahaka practice space – the area needs to be able to support the team as they would appear on stage, practice area needs to be in excess of 10m x 20m.

Accommodation –marae style for approx. 50 people, with the expectation that kitchen space, bathroom facilities and bedding be supplied by the church.

Festival volunteers – many volunteers will be required to assist over the four day event, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Māori performance art in a festive environment.

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