Source / Te Papa Tohunga Māori conducted a pre-dawn hautapu ceremony at Te Papa on Friday to launch the first Matariki public holiday. The ceremony was led by Sir Pou Temara.
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For more than 40 years Sir Pou Temara has worked to nurture te reo Māori and, even though his quest attracted harsh criticism, he has no apologies for striving for excellence.
Performers at the next Te Matatini kapa haka festival to be held in Ngāti Kahungunu in 2017 will be under observation thanks to a new University of Waikato course which will help judges assess the quality of te reo Māori being used in performances.