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Inside New Zealand's Kapa Haka festival celebrating Maori culture

Every two years, thousands of traditional Maori performers come together to showcase their talents at the National Kapa Haka Festival

Kāwhia Kai Festival - Hamilton Waikato. One of the top Māori attractions in New Zealand, this festival is a celebration of the indigenous culture with focus on native Māori food. Locals call Kāwhia "kai food heaven" because of the plentiful supplies of seafood and wild game, and festival-goers feast on wild pork, an array of New Zealand shellfish, and mud snails. Held in early February, the festival is timed to coincide with New Zealand’s national holiday - Waitangi Day - on 6 February.

February 25, 2007. Women belonging to the 'Whangara-Mai-Tawhiti' kapa haka group, perform during the Te Matatini Kapa Haka national championships, at Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand.