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TE MATATINI 2017

All stories related to Te Matatini 2017 in Hastings hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu and previous competitions and performers.

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More goals on the horizon for Wetini Mitai-Ngatai

By Taroi Black

Haka exponent and businessman Wetini Mitai-Ngatai has been inducted into this year’s New Year's Honours List for his services to Māori performing arts. He is known for taking his haka group Te Matarae i o Rehu to two national titles and running his Māori tourism business, Mitai Māori Village.

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Respected community leader, Damon Heke passes away aged 42

By Raniera Harrison

Another sacred huia bird has flown as the many hearts and minds congregate to grieve its departure. 

Well respected community leader and Māori performing arts exponent, Damon Heke has passed away, aged 42 after a long battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma - cancer in the ears, nose, and throat.