Held every two years Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival is a premiere event celebrating the cultural dance of the Māori people of New Zealand. Over four days audiences can experience the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori and local delicacies and shop for Māori arts and crafts.
Te Matatini 2015 begins March 4 with a public pōwhiri at North Hagley Park,Christchurch. The kapa haka competition will take place over three pool rounds March 5-7. 45 teams compete for the honor of being crowned the best of the best. The top 3 qualifiers from each pool will go on to compete in the Finals day competition on March 8.
It has been 29 years since Waitaha (Canterbury) hosted what then known as the Polynesian Festival.
The festival is a whānau-friendly, smoke, alcohol and drug free event. It is an opportunity for all people, regardless of culture, background or age to come together, to share and celebrate the richness of Māori culture.
Organizers expected the festival to bring about $6 million into the Christchurch economy.