E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tōu ao, ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā, hei ora mō tō tinana. Ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga a ō tīpuna, hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga. Ko tō wairua ki te atua nāna nei ngā mea katoa.
Nōu e te Pāpa e Apirana Ngata i homai ēnei kupu hei kapo ake i te wairua Māori ki roto i ngā āhuatanga o tēnei ao kikokiko kua titi nei ki te whatumanawa, hei kupu ōhākī mō mātou. Nō reira koutou kua ikapahi atu ki te poho o Rēhua, ki te huinga o te kahurangi, moe mai rā.
Ka rere tonu te aumihi ki a tātou mō tā tātou hui nui i tū ki Ōtautahi, ki ngā pākihi whakatekateka o Waitaha. Hāunga anō ngā whiwhinga, kāre i tua atu i te kapa haka hei whakaatu i te ora o te reo, hei whakahihiko i te wairua, kia toitū tonu te mana Māori motuhake
As we reflect on this year’s Te Matatini Kapa Haka competition, we are heartened by the warm reception by Ngāi Tahu iwi and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the festival the great success it was. “He Ngākau Aroha” certainly captured the event and was demonstrated throughout.
I runga ano i te ngākau whakaiti ka hoki atu te mihi ki a koutou Ngāi Tahu, ki ngā iwi katoa o Te Waipounamu, Māori mai, Pākehā mai, manene mai, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
This years Te Matataini 2015 certainly was not without it’s drama, Te Iti Kahurangi laid a challenge for Māori TV to look at how it portrays māori issues by following a mainstream format, our Prime Minister wasn’t left out, as were many others who faced the wrath of the groups that stood. We speak to Kingi Kiriona leader of Te Iti Kahurangi on his thoughts about the whole thing.
Te Onetū interviewed Tamati Waka, kaitātaki of Te Whānau-a- Apanui our Matatini champions for 2015, whose win somehow got lost with all the distractions going on. Ngā Tūmanako like a fine wine have finally reached a milestone in their 10 year anniversary coming in as a finalist in the top nine for the first time. They speak to us about their roots as Kōhanga and Kura Kaupapa students who are having children of their own.
We have a contribution from Maria Leilua a kauapapa kaimahi/tutor/performer who qualifed at last years Tamararo festival in Te Tairawhiti to make their debut at Te Matatini.
The biggest Matatini yet, with 45 teams, and many of them are kaimahi or have graduated from Kōhanga reo. Ngāti Tūmatauenga first up broke the ice and Te Whenua moemoeā certainly didn’t take the stage to participate, they set a high bar and the wero was laid. Many commented that it was one of the closest competitions yet.
This was the first time Te Reo had been included as aggregate marks although it didn’t all go according to plan, acknowledgement of the reo as a prominent feature in kapa haka means that there is a concerted effort to recognize te reo in these competitions. We mihi to Paraone Gloyne and Mōtai Tangata Rau for taking out this section.
For myself as a performer and as a father, it was a special moment to stand with my wife and kōtiro on stage together as well as my rōpu. Kapa haka is all about whānau and it doesnt get much better than that. Kia mau, kia ita ki to tātou māoritanga motuhake.