At this year’s Te Matatini Ki Te Ao, the biennual four-day National kapa haka competition, Te Rau Ora had the opportunity to hold a stall which created a fun rangatahi centred space and an opportunity to have a soft launch of our name change from Te Rau Matatini.
Te Matatini Ki Te Ao is a prestigious competition that teams from all over Aotearoa and Australia compete in to win the Duncan McIntrye trophy and be crowned the overall winner for the next two years. This year’s event attracted a massive audience, with tens of thousands of people flocking to Pōneke, where the competition was held this year; and tens of thousands more watching it live on television and online.
Te Rau Ora invited rangatahi to whakawhanaunga at our stall and become part of our rangatahi database so that they could be kept up to date of exciting Te Rau Ora rangatahi events happening around the motu, such as our Au.E! events which aim to raise suicide awareness and build resilience amongst rangatahi Māori. Te Rau Ora enjoyed interacting with Māori youth from all over the country and were pleased that our Te Rau Ora name change was embraced by whānau, including long-time collaborators and supporters. Our Te Rau Ora branded emoji tiki fans and pocket sockets also proved very popular with Matatini attendees. We also had the opportunity to share our space with New Zealand Drug Foundation whānau as well. Our Te Rau Ora stall at Te Matatini Ki Te Ao was a success, thank you to everyone who visited us and mihi hoki ki Ngā Tūmanako the Matatini winners for 2019.