No shit – the world’s biggest Maori cultural event is being held now, but in which country?

March 4, 2015

Nope. Alf was not wrong when his ears pricked up this morning at some babbling from Radio NZ.

He has revisited the news item and it confirmed that the buggers who write the stuff for Te Manu Korihi News just love to portray the country’s indigenous persons as achievers of the the biggest, the brightest  and the best.

Not only in this country. They are big globally.

And so the listening audience was told this morning:

The stage is set; the kapa haka crowds have booked out accommodation, and Hagley Park in Christchurch is the venue for the biggest Maori cultural event in the world – Te Matatini – which begins today with a massive powhiri just before midday.

The biggest Maori cultural event in the world?

No shit!

Now – stand up anyone who thought the biggest Maori cultural event in the world might have been held in – well, let’s say Bosnia, or Syria, or maybe  China.




TVNZ should be grateful for kapa haka deal with Maori TV – but public funding raises some questions

February 15, 2013
We deserve to be spared from this, too.

We deserve to be spared from this, too.

The people at TVNZ’s Te Karere should stop bleating about being squeezed out of next week’s national kapa haka championships by organisers who struck an exclusive deal with Maori Television.

So far as this observer is concerned, Te Karere has been done a favour.

If it can’t screen hapa haka, Alf is more likely to watch whatever else it does screen.

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Kapa haka has its place, but Gisborne kids’ place is at their school desks

August 9, 2010

A Gisborne school principal who is squawking about his charges being denied time off from their studies to attend a song-and-dance festival needs to think bloody hard about his priorities.

The bugger is reported to be riled after a request for schools in Tairawhiti to have time off during the Te Matatini o Te Ra Festival next year was refused.

It’s not fair, he reckons, because schools nationwide will come to a standstill for the Rugby World Cup.

The national kapa haka festival in February is expected to attract tens of thousands of people to Gisborne.

The school principal says he requested two days off for the “cultural importance” of the event.

Lytton High School principal Jim Corder says: “It seems to be appropriate to make changes for something like the Rugby World Cup but doesn’t seem to be appropriate to make allowances for events of cultural significance to the region.”

He sounds like a stroppy bugger, this Corder bloke.

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