Friday, 17 February 2017

Te Matatini

quote [ The passion, the intensity, the sweet harmonies, the ferocity of the haka, the creativity of the groups and the sheer dedication of the performers make this an experience that lives in both the memories and the heart for the rest of your life. ]

From 22 - 26 February (NZ time) the 2017 Te Matatini festival is on! It's the biggest kapa haka (Māori performing arts) competition. It's held every two years and the winners of the regional competitions face off for the title of Toa Whakaihuwaka (supreme champion). It's fantastic. If you've ever seen an NZ sports team do their haka and wondered what that would look like by done by the best performers, then check it out.

This is a few days away, but I'll be out of the country and away from the internet, so I'm posting now. It is incredible. Check out the livestream or the Māori TV shows.

Haka TV - Live Stream available to NZ, Australia and U.S.A.
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[by papango@6:33amGMT]

Comments

captainstubing said @ 11:13am GMT on 17th Feb [Score:1 Underrated]
Thanks for the post, Paps, and thanks for the link Bob Denver. That is a hell of a powerful Haka. You made an old Captain tear up just a little bit.
pwapwap said @ 7:03am GMT on 17th Feb
My wife is working that event next weekend. You local papango?
papango said @ 7:10am GMT on 17th Feb
I'm in Wellington now (Te Whanganui-ā-Tara), but I'm originally from Taranaki. I'm hoping for an Aotea win, but really I just love the whole thing.
pwapwap said @ 7:40am GMT on 17th Feb
Taranaki born myself. Over in Ahuriri now.
papango said @ 7:45am GMT on 17th Feb [Score:1 Good]
Go 'naki!!!

What's your wife doing at Te Matatini?
pwapwap said @ 8:02am GMT on 17th Feb
She works for the ministry of education and is manning the stall they have for a couple of shifts. She did the same for the secondary schools competition last year and said it was epic. I will try and get along this time to watch.
I was brought up without much culture, let alone māori culture so I will be out of my element, will be good for our little one to get exposed to it and for me to learn a bit as well.
Bob Denver said @ 8:06am GMT on 17th Feb
The first haka I ever saw was a video of a funeral for soldiers of the 2nd and 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. I think I saw it on SE or through here. It was, I think, the most powerful display of emotion I'd ever seen. I've watched it a few times and I still don't quite know how to handle the feelings. An article with a link is here
WeiYang said @ 11:51am GMT on 17th Feb [Score:1 Underrated]
I'M NOT CRYING! YOU'RE CRYING! SHUT UP!
papango said @ 8:23am GMT on 17th Feb
Yeah, that's a good one. I've also seen some from high school students fare-welling teachers they respected that are really powerful. The most powerful for me was at the return of the heads from the Smithsonian. It took four years of negotiations to convince the museum that the heads of recognisable ancestors pillaged by colonials were actually not in the same category of things as the shoes from The Wizard of Oz and did not belong in a foreign museum. The homecoming was really powerful. The haka by the descents of the taken really moved me.
R1Xhard said @ 5:11pm GMT on 17th Feb
There is a Hāngi and cultural celebration with pig on the spit too boot. Organised tomorrow in the local area I'm in at the moment. If you've never been and there's one on near you grab your chilling box (Esky{ice box}) and go along.

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