This time next week Te Matatini Kapa Haka Competition will be all on at the Rotorua International Stadium.

As part of this initiative, a major project went underway before the competition was the erection of the stage frontage with carvings both of great height and width.

The carvings were completed at Te Puia, consisting of Guardian Posts and Barge Boards personifying the stage inviting the ancestral spirits to return as well as witnessing the skills that competitors will exhibit and too the audience will see the ancient rituals being displayed.

There are five teams from this area, from Ruatahuna, Ruatoki, Opotiki, and Te Kaha-nui-a-Tihirau who will entertain their uniqueness to that of the people from Te Arawa Canoe.

Kei te tata mai te wa o te whakataetae Kapa Haka o Te Matatini kia timata mai nga whakataetae hei te rua tekau ki te rua tekau ma wha o tenei marama o Huitanguru ki Rotorua. Tetahi kaupapa nui i mua atu i te whakataetae kapa haka ko te hanga o te aronga o te atamira kia tu ai nga whakairo e teitei ana me te whanui atu. No te wahi o Te Puia i oti ai nga whakairo, nga tautiaki me nga maihi e whakatangata ana i te atamira e hoki wairua mai ana nga tipuna ma roto i nga tohu o nehera, ā me nga pūkenga ka whakaputa i a ratau uri hei te wā whakataetae kia kite ai i nga kanohi mātakitaki e puea mai te āhuatanga o te ao kohatu ki tenei ao hurihuri. E rima nga kapa haka no tenei takiwa kei te whakataetae ki roto o te rohe o Te Arawa e tāutuutu ana kia kite i nga wāhine me nga tāne o tenei rohe i Ruatahuna, Ruatoki, Opotiki me Te Kaha-nui-a-Tihirau e whakaatu ana i a ratau pākeeketanga.