The Waitaha Cultural Council, Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu thanks everyone involved in making Te Matatini 2015 a sell-out event.

“It has been a complete and utter pleasure and an honour to host the nation in Ōtautahi for Te Matatini,” says Waitaha Cultural Council chair, Ranui Ngarimu.

“To all the kaihaka (performers), the team management, the whānau tautoko (supporters), and the public of Christchurch, thank you, thank you, thank you. We at Waitaha Cultural Council are so grateful for the opportunity… And to all the hundreds of fabulous volunteers who have given their time and efforts freely, a special thank you to each and every one of you,” she says.

Te Matatini Society Kaihautū, Selwyn Parata took the time to mihi all the festival workers and volunteers in a special video post on the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Facebook page.

“…I just want to say to all the … workers that their practice of manaaki and looking after the visitors, whoever they may be, how old they are – it doesn’t matter what their age is, they have been excellent.”

Huge crowds attended the biennial festival at Pūtaringamotu (North Hagley Park) – from 5,000 – 8,000 visitors per day – in a showcase of the best of Māori performing arts in the world.

Christchurch Mayor, Lianne Dalziel says the Christchurch City Council has embraced the festival theme – He Ngākau Aroha.

“Our support of Te Matatini 2015 has enabled the city to show our thanks and aroha in a tangible way to all those people and communities that assisted during the earthquakes. I am so pleased that the festival has been so well attended and such a resounding success, my only regret is that it will be another 24 years before Christchurch gets to host Te Matatini again.”

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon says most important for Ngāi Tahu, has been the opportunity to reciprocate the manaakitanga and whanaungatanga extended to us during the earthquakes.

“This has only been able to happen through the hard work of the Waitaha Cultural Council, the Christchurch City Council, Te Matatini, and its partners. Our thanks goes out to the people of Christchurch who have embraced this event. However I must reserve my biggest thank you to the 45 teams from Aotearoa and Australia that brought us the best of the best in kapa haka – they were all amazing – and congratulations to Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui from Mataatua who were the top team this year.”

Te toa whakakihuwaka mō te tau 2015: 1st – Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau-a-Apanui (Mātaatua).

2nd equal – Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti (Mataatua) and Te Mātārae I Ōrehu (Te Arawa).

For all of the results visit: www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/te-matatini-2015-prizegiving-results.

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