Māori Television will be delivering their furthest reaching broadcast yet, with the unblocked internet broadcast of New Zealand’s National Kapa Haka festival, Te Matatini 2017, available to Australian and American audiences.  

HakaPerformersBroadcasting live from Hawkes Bay Sports Park, Hastings, Māori Television will be showcasing New Zealand’s most prestigious Māori performing arts event, commencing broadcast through www.maoritelevision.com from Thursday 23rd February and continuing on to the finals on Sunday 26th February.

Anchored by Kapa Haka experts Mātai Smith, Chey Milne and Kahurangi Maxwell, the 11 hour daily broadcast will provide coverage of all performances from all rōpū, with additional digital functionality available for those who register to the website.

For others who prefer their content bite sized, Luke Bird, Māori Television presenter and ex performer for Northland’s Hātea Kapa Haka – will be amongst the action on the ground delivering regular updates via Snapchat throughout the festival. Māori Television’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will also be providing more up close and behind-the-scenes haka than you can handle.

Best known as the opening act to the seasonal drama that is an All Blacks Rugby game, the haka is just one part of this unique collective art form known as kapa haka – the origins of which date back to pre-European times. Containing the elements of haka, Māori weaponry, poi and song, kapa haka is an integral part of the lives of many Māori, with the competition now seen as a crucial support in maintaining history and knowledge of Māori culture both within New Zealand and throughout world, particularly in Australia where over 130,000 Māori now reside.

Thousands of Kapa Haka performers, tutors and composers, young and old, bring kapa haka to life every day – at home and on the marae, in schools and communities and at regional, national and international events. Te Matatini showcases this impassioned dedication from New Zealand’s finest performing artists, drawing in over 1,800 elite competitors and 35,000 festival goers from all over New Zealand and Australia to attend this biennial event.  With a record 47 teams registered for the Hastings competition, including Australian entrants Ngā Manu Waiata from Victoria, 2017 promises to bring the biggest and best Te Matatini to date.



Preliminary competition – Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th February – 8.30am – 7.30pm NZT

Te Matatini Final – Sunday 26 February – 8.30am – 4.30pm NZT

Digital broadcast at www.maoritelevision.com Event coverage can be viewed across New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America.

For further information on the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival –  www.tematatini.co.nz


Contributed by Maori Television


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  1. PikiaoVal Reid 4 years ago

    I’m proud of each and every Roopu, proud of Whangara, Te Hikuwai, Nga Tumanako, Matarai are my Roopus that have my eyes so far.
    Can’t wait to watch Waihirere, Te Waka Huia, Manutaki.
    All I can say is good luck to every Roopu.
    Aroha Nui Valarie

  2. ChurWorthy 4 years ago

    Mad hook up, Māori TV. Māori contingency in Oz will eat up the coverage. #smashitHikurangi

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