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Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival – Hagley Park, Christchurch 4-8 March 2015

Lead Agencies – Te Matatini / Waitaha Cultural Council

Every two years Te Matatini organises the National Kapa Haka Festival, where elite kapa haka performers around New Zealand and Australia come together and compete for four days.  The Festival started in 1972 and is now the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts, attracting over 5,000 performers and 22,000 supporters and visitors per day.  While the main focus is kapa haka, Te Matatini also celebrates Māori culture and cuisine. 

Te Matatini is held in a different rohe (region) around New Zealand. 

In March 2015 the Festival will be held in Christchurch and hosted by the Waitaha Cultural Council, CCC and Ngāi Tahu.

Hosting a successful event in 2015 will be top priority for its organisers as the Festival will play a significant role in supporting Māori cultural recovery in greater Christchurch.  Festival organisers believe that hosting this premier Māori cultural event in 2015 will strengthen the culture of all iwi in the South Island and create an opportunity to give back to iwi who supported Christchurch in its time of need – to reciprocate that aroha, care and support.

Art by the River Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct (Art Trail)

Lead agency – Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

Art by the River is a public art legacy project in the Christchurch rebuild that complements a suite of art initiatives in the city.  It is being developed in partnership with the Avon River Precinct anchor project.

Art by the River seeks to:

  • deliver diverse and engaging integrated landscape works within the public realm design of the Te Papa Ōtatako/Avon River Precinct project
  • reinstate existing public art works within a curatorial framework that celebrates the vision, identity and intent of the Art Trail
  • attract broad community engagement and interest in the public art initiatives
  • engage artists through robust and transparent processes
  • establish a governance and management framework that ensures the future of the Art Trail
  • attract appropriate funding to deliver major public art works.

Initial works will be commissioned, completed and installed by late 2015.

CERA is working closely with its statutory partners and, in particular, is working closely with the CCC to ensure that the Art Trail is able to be maintained beyond the life of CERA.

A + A (Art and Architecture)

Lead Agency – Christchurch City Council

CCC staff are working to trial a range of approaches to integrate art and design elements into private developments (buildings and publicly accessible spaces) in the central city and provide work opportunities for the creative sector during the rebuild.

New building (above ground) development in Christchurch is estimated to be worth in the vicinity of $30 billion.  New developments will create spaces and diverse economic opportunities for the arts and creative sectors.

The scheme has the potential to:

  • create a distinctive cultural identity and point of difference for Christchurch
  • benchmark an innovative joint development between the construction and creative industries
  • enable the construction sector to actively demonstrate positive engagement with the wider community
  • create local work opportunities for the creative sector in the rebuild of central Christchurch

Timeline and process

CCC staff, together with external experts from the arts and construction industries, will determine the terms of reference to trial the scheme. Suitable projects will then be identified to participate in the trial.  These could include CCC-led anchor projects and private developments.


Updated on 23rd July 2015