Topic: Te Matatini

New look for Te Matatini

By Heeni Brown

Since 1996, the huia has been the symbol of Te Matatini.

Today, Te Matatini announced that it has revamped its image to promote itself across the globe as the home of kapa haka.

Te Matatini chair Herewini Parata says, "Te Matatini isn't exclusive to its biennial competition and has now branched out across the world."

It was back to business for Te Matatini with the majority of regional delegates present. 

It was also an opportunity to reassure all that Te Reo will stay as an aggregate item at next year's national event. 

Te Matatini says three regions have incorporated Te Reo as an aggregate item in their regional competitions, which has some wondering whether the rule applies to all. 

However, Mr Parata says each region still has the right to make their own decision on where to next.

Next week, the first senior regional competition for the year will be held, where we'll see the first groups to claim spots at next year's national competition.