May 16, 2014
Kapa haka has just got academic.
The University of Waikato has signed a strategic partnership with Maori performing arts festival Te Matatini.
It says the agreement formalises a relationship that has been growing over the past six years.
Its aim is to support and develop Maori leadership and community engagement while promoting excellence and innovation in Maori performing arts.
Many staff and students have been involved in Te Matatini as organisers, judges or performers.
At last year’s festival in Rotorua, judges includes senior law lecturer Matiu Dickson and tikanga expert Professor Pou Temara.
Professor Linda Smith, the university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Maori), says such strategic partnerships help strengthen the university’s ties with Maori.
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