Matariki Jojo 9’s Kapa Haka Recap

In an attempt to meaningfully bring together 3 major kaupapa together and to have them all sit together in perfect synergy, Te Puia | NZMACI decided to work towards holding an event extravaganza which hoped to capture the attention of its audiences.

The Matariki Jojo 9’s Kapa Haka Event drew participating teams and audiences from all over the country to share in both the celebration of the NZMACI 50th year and in the memory of the late Waimarie Jojo Waaka.

Though many of the teams who participated in the event were Rotorua-based, a number of teams came from the East Coast, as far as Hawke’s Bay and from the South, such as Tūrangi & Taupō.

NZMACI has also enjoyed sponsorship for the event from Te Matatini Kapa Haka, of which its CEO, Carl Ross, who spoke of his support for the event and the significance of partnering with Te Puia | NZMACI who is also a sponsoring partner of Te Matatini Kapa Haka.

The winners walked away with cash prizes as well as an invitation from the Huata family to perform at the Māori Music Awards which is hosted annually in Hastings.

The Matariki Jojo 9’s Kapa Haka Event was hosted over 3 days, the first two days being preliminary rounds, Kapa Haka finals was hosted on the third day with much enthusiasm from the crowed, the local community and our NZMACI Facebook page followers alike.

Due to the increasing amount of numbers over the first two days of the event, the venue (which was previously inside our meeting house here on-site, Te Aronui-ā-Rua) was moved outside onto the Rotowhio Marae Atea, as families and supporters laid out their blankets along the lawn to enjoy the festivities.

The finals day was livestreamed via Facebook in which people from all over the country tuned in to watch and enjoy.  The event was even picked up the media news cycle in both the lead-up and during the hosting of the events.

The Matariki Jojo 9’s Kapa Haka Event was a blazing success and calls for the event to be made and hosted annually at Te Puia have been heard by staff, the community and kapa haka performers alike.

The event hosted here on-site was a successful attempt to honour the 50 year contribution of NZMACI to the nation, the significance of Matariki New Year for the Māori people and to commemorate the passing of one of Te Arawa’s most well-known and adored Kapa Haka enthusiasts – the late Waimarie Jojo Waaka – e moe.