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Kapa Haka Book for Te Matatini

Limited Edition Kapa Haka Book For Te Matatini 2009

A limited edition publication ‘Nga Tatangi a Te Whare Karioi’ captures the diverse realities of iwi represented by kapa haka groups performing at Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2009.

Released today, Festival chairman Selwyn Parata described the
120-page book featuring selected groups and their performance compositions – as a ‘must-have’ for aspiring composers and those dedicated to te reo Maori and the Maori performing arts.

“Nga Tatangi a Te Whare Karioi reflects the unique sounds and dialects of each iwi and highlights issues and experiences specific to each of them. The compositions contained in it, also recognize esteemed figures who are commemorated in the publication for the significant contribution they have made to kapa haka over time.”

Mr. Parata said historically tribal compositions performed at major ceremonies and occasions were well documented, “as they captured significant moments in time and today they remain an authoritative record and valuable reference for us.”

“This beautiful book elucidates the talent of current composers striving to emulate the par excellence of former composing greats. It shows the distinct styles, intonations, and prestigious dance of a great people.”

Copies of Nga Tatangi a Te Whare Karioi are available on site at Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2009 priced at $25.



  1. Leon Hemi, 23. February 2009, 23:21

    Would like to purchase a copy of “Nga Tatangi A Te Whare Karioi”
    please could you reply how to get copies

    Many thanks
    Leon Hemi

    Hei konei

  2. Kingi, 9. March 2009, 15:49

    He pera katoa ki ta Leon Reply
    Kai te rapu i tenei pukapuka ” Nga Tatangi A Te Whare Karioi” hoki
    tena koa awhi mai

    Nga mihi

  3. Jo Kapua, 28. May 2009, 21:38

    Kia ora
    I would like to purchase a copy of”Nga Tatangi A Te Whare Karioi” for me,whanau and Tamariki.

    To offer a beautiful resource of history and Kapa Haka to our whanau and children. I love to read and want to offer factual/real life situations, through my teaching.
    na Jo

    Joanne Kapua
    Homedale Kindergarten

    Kia ora Jo,

    Sorry I’m not sure how to get hold of this book but here’s hoping someone will read this and get in touch.


  4. Rangipipi, 11. September 2009, 14:55

    I would also like a copy of this pukapuka as it is a Taonga for our tamariki/mokopuna.