February 26, 2023
That’s a wrap on the 2023 Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata
TE MATATINI SOCIETY INCORPORATED
SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2023
That’s a wrap on the 2023 Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata 2023 Festival
The supreme winner of the 2023 Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata National Kapa Haka Festival is Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui.
The national competition at Ngā Ana Wai (Eden Park) in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has wrapped up after four days of intense and spectacular competition.
Te Matatini Chairman Selwyn Parata congratulates all of the kapa who have performed over the last four days, as well as the winners of the taonga and the supreme winner.
“You have demonstrated excellence and showcased the ihi me te wehi – the power and charisma of te ao Māori (Maoridom),” says Mr Parata.
He thanks everyone who has made the 2023 Te Matatini Festival happen.
“Ko ngā kanohi katoa ka kitea i roto i Te Matatini. This kaupapa couldn’t happen without the many faces of Te Matatini. We mihi to our kaihaka, judges, haka enthusiasts, our ringa raupā behind the scenes, especially our amazing volunteers, our sponsors and Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei,” he says.
“Collectively, our combined contributions embody te hā o Te Matatini, the essence that brings Te Matatini to life. It enables us to unite and send our thoughts and mihi to our whānau in Te Tai Tokerau, Te Tairāwhiti and Ngāti Kahungunu. Kia tau te ia o te mauri ki a tātau katoa.”
A full list of the 2023 Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata 2023 winners will be available on the Te Matatini website.
The next national kapa haka Festival will be hosted in the Aotea rohe 2025.