Matariki 2016

12 people, 12 minutes, $12,000.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Kapa Haka Super 12s

The Kapa Haka Super 12s competition returns once again for Matariki Festival 2016. This iconic event is fun, dynamic and a celebration of being Māori.

This year the competition is an open category. For the first time, secondary schools are invited to compete against, or with, adults. Your rōpū can be made up of adults only, secondary students only, or a combination. Whatever you choose... bring it on!

Registrations for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Kapa Haka Super 12s are now open.

Email your completed registration form to Shaan Eru by 5pm Friday 20 May, 2016. If you have any queries, contact Shaan or phone 09 890 8770.

Date Saturday 9 July 2016, 9am - 5pm
Venue The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD
Karakia 9am
Team entry fee FREE

Ko wai ka toa? Who will be the ultimate Super 12 champions for 2016?

Auckland Council website

History of MatarikiHe Korero Tuku Iho mo Matariki

The rising of the star constellation known as Matariki is an important time in the Maori calendar. It heralds in the Maori New Year, which is a time to connect with, and give thanks to the land, sea and sky. Ko te kāhui whetū e mōhiotia nei ko Matariki he wā nui tonu i roto i te maramataka Māori, ko te karere ia o te tau hou Māori. Ko te wā hei tāpae atu, hei tuku mihi ki te whenua, te moana me te rangi. He wā anō hoki e tūhono ai te hapori ki te poroaki i te tau kua hipa, ki te whakanui me te whakatika atu mō te tau e tū mai nei. Me āhei i konei te kai tahi, te karakia, te ngahau tahi, te manaaki tangata me te oha mātauranga.

It is also a time for the community to come together and acknowledge the year gone by, as well as, to celebrate and prepare for the year ahead. This involves the sharing of kai (food), rituals, entertainment, hospitality and knowledge. Mai rā anō he kaitaki ara whakatere te kāhui whetū nei mō te Māori, me te tohu hoki i te āhua o ngā wā o te tau kei te oho mai. Ki te mahea te kitea atu he tohu tera te mahana me te whaihua o te tau kei te heke mai.

Historically, the star cluster was a navigational aid for Maori and an indicator of the coming seasons. If the stars were clear, it was a sign that the year ahead would be warm and productive.