Te Arawa welcomes 1000s to Te Matatini #haka2013 (+photos)

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Te Arawa E! E! The many whanau of Te Arawa met this morning to welcome thousands in attendance for Te Matatini 2013, the national kapa haka national competition being hosted in Rotorua this week.

The Rotorua International Stadium rocked with the calls from putatara as manuhiri from around Aotearoa, Te Wai Pounamu and Austraila made their way onto the grounds. Then came 3 powerful kai wero, laying down the take and issuing a challenge to all groups here in Rotorua.

With the call of our kai karanga, the two groups became one before speeches from all gathered iwi stood to make their presence known. TangataWhenua.com will be providing as much coverage as possible to you, our whanau online. Stay tuned!

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