To mark the release of research reports, Ngā Hua a Te Matatini: The Benefits of Te Matatini, Te Matatini and NPM hosted a webinar with the researchers.
Research reports from leading Māori academics of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga – The University of Auckland, Te Wānanga o Raukawa and Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, confirm the benefits of kapa haka to the development and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Ngā Hua a Te Matatini: The Benefits of Te Matatini was commissioned by Te Matatini Society Incorporated and Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori in 2019, and is a collection of four evidence-based reports that focuses on four areas of the impact that kapa haka makes to the Māori health index, the economy of Aotearoa, the educational success of students who actively participate in kapa haka and the revitalisation of te reo Māori.
“Kapa haka is inclusive and an integral part of the values and norms that govern Māori society. The positive contributions that kapa haka makes to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of our diverse communities are many,” says Carl Ross, Te Manahautū a Te Matatini.