Matua Bill Thomas 

It is with immense sadness that we bid farewell to our beloved Matua Bill Thomas who left us on Saturday 6 June 2020.

Bill will be honoured for his  services and ongoing support to CIOFF as CIOFF New Zealand’s founding member, our President, Past President, and member of the Education Commission in 2012. Bill was also a former Executive Member of CIOFF international.

Bill was a performing member with 2 Kapa Haka Roopu, in Wairau, Marlborough.

Bill will be remembered world wide for his bigger than life personality, his humour, his wonderful friendliness to everyone and his dedication to serving others – As a teacher, guide, instructor, participant, advisor and friend to so many.

We will all miss you Bill

Moe Mai Matua Bill, Moe Mai i roto i to moenga roa ka nui arohanui ki Te Whanau.

CIOFF stands for the “International Council of Organisations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art” and is an international cultural non-governmental Organisation (NGO) in formal consultative relations with UNESCO. CIOFF international membership is today representative of more than 72 countries from all continents.

Created in 1970, the duty of CIOFF is safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore. To achieve this, CIOFF has the following objectives:

  • Promote the intangible heritage through forms of expression such as dance, music, games, rituals, customs and other arts;
  • Serve the objectives of UNESCO;
  • Support the activities of its members and those of non-governmental organisations and all other institutions working in the field of cultural heritage;
  • Serve the cause of peace, through the above objectives.

* Previous Trip Reports Available to Download*

See the download section below to download reports from the Indonesia visit in 2018 and the Netherlands/Poland visit in 2019

Reports from Trips

Poland/Netherlands 2019 Download Report

Indonesia 2018 Download Report

Greece 2014 Download Report

China 2014 Download Report

France 2013 Download Report

Fact Sheets

CIOFF – NZ Fact sheet. Click here to view (8 meg file)