TVNZ and dentsu Media bring Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival to Aotearoa via a media first

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AUCKLAND, Thursday: Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival is taking place this week and in celebration of this cultural moment, TVNZ have shared their broadcast feed with NZ news sites Stuff and The NZ Herald.

The four-day festival kicked off on Tuesday and is being broadcast on TVNZ+ and TVNZ 2 throughout the week. Te Matatini brings together the traditions and stories of hapū, iwi and waka, while placing great emphasis on originality and diverse expressions of Māori artistry within the kapa haka disciplines.

Broadcasting and streaming the festival connects with TVNZ’s Rautaki Māori which aspires to unleash the pūmanawa of Aotearoa – its people, its places and its potential.

“We wanted to activate Te Matatini in a way that was unique to both the ambition of TVNZ, and the cultural significance of the event” says dentsu Media business director Sebastian Van Dyk. 

“It’s upon seeing and hearing Kapa Haka that you can really feel its power, so we wanted to replicate that experience as closely as possible in our advertising

“It’s upon seeing and hearing Kapa Haka that you can really feel its power, so we wanted to replicate that experience as closely as possible, within our advertising. As such, to deliver on this ambition the dentsu Media team worked closely with Stuff and the Herald, to reimagine display advertising as a live broadcast channel

“This approach was centred around dynamic live streaming display ads, that were made possible with dentsu’s proprietary platform D4.

“In essence this meant connecting TVNZ’s live broadcast feed to our D4 platform, which in turn allowed us to pass the live feed into display banners across the Herald and Stuff, simultaneously – the first time a live video feed has powered the homepages across two of NZ’s biggest websites.”

Dentsu NZ group director of data & technology Bram Stevens said: “Delivering a live feed simultaneously across multiple platforms and devices required a huge amount of testing, and thanks to a tremendous amount of collaboration between our team, the teams at TVNZ, NZME, and Stuff, we were able to create and deliver a market-first live dynamic digital campaign.”

Te Matatini festival is being live streamed on TVNZ+ (and on air across TVNZ 2).



GM Marketing and Communications: Sally Falconer
Senior Marketing Manager: Rebecca Brown
Campaign Manager: Hannah Williams
Brand Manager: Hannah Thwaite
Event Operations Manager: Andrew Martin

Dentsu Aotearoa

Group Business Director: Sarah Wilson
Business Director: Seb van Dyk
Digital Coordinator: Isabella Mcleay
Business Manager: Lucy Burbridge
Digital Director: Vincent Lai
Senior Digital Manager: Trent He
Business Manager: Nicholas Young


Group Director, Data and Technology: Bram Stevens
Digital Producer: James McGregor-MacDonald
Junior Digital Developer: Jerome Herrera

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