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1 Poutu-te-Rangi (March)

"He nui te tangata e heke ana ki te ao, He iti te tangata e kake ana ki te rangi"

Voiced by Ngareta Timutimu (Ngai te Rangi)

Te Matatini 2009 (National Māori performing arts festival) was held in Tauranga.

From February 19th - 23rd in which, thirty-six groups from Aotearoa, Melbourne and Brisbane came together with one common purpose, to battle it out on the Kapahaka stage.

Powhiri from the opening ceremony.

The festival began with a pōwhiri (opening ceremony) where a strong home crowd of 450 people welcomed its many visitors from home and abroad. Day one had several groups perform well into the evening, finishing at 9.30pm.

Torrential rain and wind forced the cancellation of Day two, which resulted in doing away with the finals, a first for the festival in it's 36 year history.

The Bay of plenty weather didn't disappoint on days three and four with the remaining groups taking their place centre stage until 7.30pm Sunday after which officials and MC Mabel Wharekawa Burt, announced the winners.

The large crowd watching events on stage.

Overall aggregate winners were: 3rd place, Te Whānau a Apanui, 2nd place Whangarā mai Tawhiti and 1st place Te Waka Huia.

For a full list of the winners visit the TeMatatini website.