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Te Matatini 2015

Kapa Haka Nationals, 4-8 March, Christchurch

The University of Waikato is a strategic partner of Te Matatini - New Zealand's national kapa haka competition and premier Māori cultural performing arts festival, which is being held in Christchurch in March 2015.

Te Matatini

The University is proud to have staff, students and alumni involved with the 45 kapa haka groups that are performing at this event.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) Professor Linda Smith - also Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development - says partnerships such as that with Te Matatini, help strengthen the university's ties with Māori.

"Part of the university's plan is to provide a distinctive contribution to the University of Waikato experience for both staff and students, which draws on kaupapa Māori, the heritage of our region and our relationships with Waikato Tainui and the different iwi of our staff, students and regions."

"Not only is Te Matatini an important event for our region, but it will give us the opportunity to celebrate Māori. I am looking forward to hosting people at Te Matatini and showcasing the talents of our staff and students."

In another sign of the University's support for Māori, in 2014 it adopted its Māori Advancement Plan 2015-2017, which sets out four goals, including:

  • To make unique and significant contributions to the educational success of Māori.
  • To strengthen partnerships with iwi and Māori communities.
  • To integrate kaupapa, tikanga and mātauranga Māori as natural elements of the University of Waikato experience.
  • To strengthen the University's Māori staff profile with a focus on excellence and leadership.

Professor Smith says the plan aims to support the University to uphold its mana as the leading University for Māori.

With a history spanning more than 40 years, the biennial Te Matatini competition will see kapa haka teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the overall title over four days.

Te Matatini runs 4-8 March at North Hagley Park in Christchurch.

For more information visit the official Te Matatini website.

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