NZCT recently awarded Te Arawa Kapa Charitable Trust $25,000 to hire a venue capable of accommodating 4,000 kapa haka enthusiasts safely and comfortably during the Te Arawa Kapahaka Regional Festival on 2 and 3 March 2018 in Rotorua.
The Te Arawa Kapahaka Regional Festival showcases traditional-contemporary performing arts that kapa haka groups within Te Arawa region have honed to near perfection after six to nine months of solid rehearsals. This prestigious festival will see 21 groups fiercely ‘haka out’ for one of six places to represent Te Arawa at Te Matatini National Kapahaka Festival 2019 in Wellington.
Watu Mihinui, Treasurer Te Arawa Kapa Charitable Trust, said: “To represent Te Arawa rohe at Te Matatini National Kapahaka festival requires a regional qualifying round which has been held biennially since the inception of Te Matatini tupuna in 1971. Thanks to NZCT we can hire the Rotorua Energy Events Centre that provides good quality seating, sound and lighting to accommodate 4,000 kapa haka fans.”
Kapa haka is the foremost prestigious art form within Maoridom as it encapsulates whakapapa, hītori and pakiwaitara. It instils the sense of identity, the sense of connection to the Confederation of Te Arawa tribes, and teaches haka pohiri, waiata moteatea, kawa and tikanga.
Watu said: “We have been most fortunate to receive this level of support from NZCT. It enables Te Arawa Kapa Charitable Trust to develop and maintain kapa haka in Te Arawa rohe through securing a venue that will provide a high-quality kapa haka festival environment. Policies can change over time and our event may no longer rate so highly, but we will strive to meet all compliance conventions and manage and create other relationships.
“We will know our event is successful when six of the 21 finest kapa haka make formidable appearances at Te Matatini 2019, our event is a sell-out, it occurs without controversy and it operates within budget. Te Arawa Kapa production crew will ensure a safe and comfortable environment so that the 4000+ followers will enjoy the largest kapa haka regional festival on the planet in Rotorua on 2 and 3 March,” ends Watu Mihinui.