Te Matatini is often invited to send top Kapa Haka teams to major international events.
The honour of representing the best of Kapa Haka on the world stage is usually given to the current winners of the Te Matatini National Festival. Sometimes, depending on the event and funding, the top two or three Festival teams may be sent to an event.
Recent international events
2013: America's Cup Opening, San Francisco - Te Waka Huia
2012: Frankfurt Bookfair - Te Mataarae i Orehu
2012: Museumszuferfest, Frankfurt - Te Mataarae i Orehu
2012: South Pacific Festival - Te Mataarae i Orehu; Te Waka Huia
2011: Rugby World Cup Opening - Te Mataarae i Orehu
2010: World Expo Shanghai - Te Waka Huia; Whangara Mai Tawhiti; Te Whanau a Apanui
2009: Venice Biennale - Te Waka Huia
2014: Merrie Monarch Festival. Hawaii - Te Waka Huia
Thanks for your support
We are grateful to the following organisations for their support and funding that helps Kapa Haka teams to attend these auspicious events.
- Ministry of Culture and Heritage
- Te Waka Toi, Creative New Zealand
- New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
- CDIP Funders: Ministry of Culture and Heritage; New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; New Zealand Tourism; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Maori Development
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