New Te Matatini CEO pledges to excel kapa haka

By Raniera Harrison

Te Matatini has welcomed Carl Ross (Ngāpuhi, Te Uri Taniwha, Ngāti Rangi) as their new Executive Director.

No stranger to the national Kapa Haka stage, Ross is ideal for the role with his extensive experience in strategic management and his love for performing arts.

For 28 years, he's been an integral part of Te Waka Huia.

Ross says, “You know that when you take the Te Matatini stage - it's the heat of the battle. I'm realising this position is much the same.”

No stranger to hard work, Carl Ross will be in charge of creating a strategic plan for the next ten years of kapa haka growth and development.

He's been on the national stage for 43 years, with Te Rōpū Manutaki, and since 1988 has been a feature of five-time national champions, Te Waka Huia.

He says, “There will be a lot of work coming my way. So I have had to step down from my performing duties with Te Waka Huia.”

Numerous leaders of kapa haka have sat in this position. The most recent, Darrin Apanui, vacating the role at the conclusion of Te Matatini, held in Christchurch last year.

“There have been numerous leaders before me of Te Matatini, and right now we have seen the fruits of the succession blossom with the works of Darrin Apanui.”

Through the work of the many, and now the impending efforts of Carl Ross, kapa haka will flourish

He says, “Happy, and excited to begin collating resources so that Te Matatini can excel at its peak potential.”

Ross will begin his tenure at Te Matatini on the 30th May.

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