February 22, 2015
Te Matatini stage going up
The Waitaha Cultural Council will today welcome the stage carvings for next month’s Te Matatini Maori performing arts festival in Christchurch.
Four containers of infrastructure including the 26 tonne mahau or porch front arrived at Hagley Park yesterday.
Te Matatini chair Selwyn Parata says it’s one of the largest Maori carvings in Aotearoa.
The four-day festival starting on March 5 will bring 30,000 performers, supporters and visitors to Otautahi.
It is being promoted as a whanau friendly, smoke, alcohol and drug free event.
Hosts Ngai Tahu are using it to thank other iwi for the support showed after the Christchurch earthquakes four years ago, and they are planning a massive hakari of tribal delicacies for the manuhiri.
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