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#MataHaka

In the lead-up to Te Matatini 2019, Te Kāea has 13 special features focusing on the disciplines and practices of kapa haka. Each one will play out every night until the official pōwhiri for Te Matatini Ki Te Ao (excluding Waitangi Day) starting from February 3. Make sure you check out our sneak peeks and extras on our offical Te Kāea Facebook, Instagram and YouTube platforms.

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#MataHaka - MANU NGANGAHU

By Te Kāea

The role of the Manu Ngangahu isn't solely to flirt and excite,  it's a vital leadership position that is part of ensuring an iwi executes its plans successfully, according to Naomi Houia of Te Whānau a Apanui, who's been given the role by her elders. 

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#MataHaka - KARAKIA

By Te Kāea

Many karakia have been performed on the Matatini stage since its inception, however, they've risen in prominence as groups get more creative.  On #MataHaka tonight, Te Kāea speaks to Ora Kihi, of defending champions Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti, about the edge that karakia brought to their winning performance in 2017.

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#MataHaka - WHAIKŌRERO

By Te Kāea

From team preparations to the disciplines of haka itself, whaikōrero has become a feature of group performances.  Since Tamati Waaka first took on the role as leader for Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau-a-Apanui, he's found a way to stand out amongst the crowd whilst staying true to the fundamentals of whaikōrero.