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Published: 5:03PM Monday February 16, 2015

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    Te Reanga Mōrehu o Rātana - Source: Te Karere
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    Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru - Source: Te Karere
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    Te Matapihi - Source: Te Karere
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    Tuutuu Kaa'ika - Source: Te Karere

Te Reanga Mōrehu O Rātana

Year Established: 1997

Iwi: Te Iwi Morehu

Te Reanga Mōrehu o Rātana took out the Aotea regionals last year to cement their spot at Te Matatini.

Although some kapa are aligned with different religions, Te Reanga Mōrehu O Rātana are the only kapa hāhi in the competition this year.

Their strong belief can always be seen in their performances, from their lyrics, to their movements, to their kākahu.

Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru

Year Established: 2002

Iwi: Te Pakakohi, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Mutunga, Taranaki Iwi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru

Ngā Purapura are dedicating their performance at Te Matatini to their tupuna who were arrested and taken away from Taranaki without trial back in the 1800s. They say there are many of their ancestors who are buried in South Island as a result.

This will be their fourth appearance at Te Matatini.

Te Matapihi

Year Established: 1997

Iwi: Ngā Paerangi, Whanganui nui tonu, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi

“Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.”

Te Matapihi came third in the Aotea regionals to qualify for Te Matatini. They are no strangers to the national stage, having competed in the last seven competitions.

This year, the group will be taking the memory of their loved ones who have passed on, including the great Morvin Te Anatipa Simon and Jacinta ‘Dolly’ Patea.

Tuutuu Kaa’ika

Year Established: 2009

Iwi: Ngāti Ruanui/ Ngāruahinerangi

Tuutuu Kaa’ika will be making their second appearance at Te Matatini this year.

A relatively youthful group, their innovative bracket at the Aotea regionals secured them the fourth and final qualifying spot for the nationals.