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Te Matatini is the world's largest celebration of Māori Performing Arts. Kapa Haka groups from all over New Zealand and Australia compete for the "best of the best" crown, in the traditional performance disciplines of Haka, Poi and Waiata.

The 2009 festival in Tauranga attracted some 50,000 spectators over the three days and the expectation for Festival 2011 is to double those figures.

The festival opens with a pōwhiri (welcome), performed by the host tribal group, followed by mass pageants and four days of awe-inspiring competition and cultural performance.

In the year leading up to the Festival, more than 100 teams will compete at thirteen regional competitions (including one in Australia) to qualify to be at the Festival.