Thousands of whanau have come to support not only the teams but the spirit of the kaupapa that unites us all, our language, our songs, our connection to one another and to beautiful our lands.
Te Matatini 2013 represents so much of what is profoundly valued within Te Ao Maori.
Those who perform are leaders not only on the stage but within their marae, hapu, iwi and communities.
They run hauora organisations work in corporate iwi entities and manage their own businesses.
They also represent each generation with rangatahi, rangatakapu, pakeke and kaumatua all taking part. Something you just don’t see at other mainstream events.
The amount of energy, commitment and focus that it takes to compete at this level is phenomenal and we wish all r?pu (and all those who have supported them) who are making this journey the best, you are an inspiration to us all.
*Photo courtesy of Te Matatini 2013