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Te Arawa

Published: 5:01PM Monday February 16, 2015

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    Te Mātārae i Ōrehu - Source: Te Karere
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    Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa - Source: Te Karere
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    Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao - Source: Te Karere
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    Ngāti Rangiwewehi - Source: Te Karere
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    Kataore - Source: Te Karere
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    Te Pikikōtuku o Ngāti Rongomai - Source: Te Karere

Te Mātārae i Ōrehu

Year Established: 1994

Iwi: Te Arawa

Te Mātārae i Ōrehu are a champion group known for their energetic and fierce performances. They are renowned for the use of weaponry and rigourous movements to display warrior aspects of agility and mobility.

They have won the national title twice.

Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa

Year Established: 2006

Iwi: Ngāti Whakaue

“Manaakitanga, Whakawhanaungatanga, Kaitiakitanga”

Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa aims to create a legacy for the future descendants of Ngāti Whakaue by maintaining the songs, stories and histories of their ancestors and their home.

Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao

Year Established: 1985

Iwi: Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao

“To foster the performing arts and celebrate the history of Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao and to nurture and develop interest in the performing arts amongst the iwi.”

This iwi-based group has not only represented their own iwi on the national stage, they have also represented Māori internationally in Hawaii, Korea, Scotland and many other international destinations.

Ngāti Rangiwewehi

Year Established: 1968

Iwi: Ngāti Rangiwewehi

Ngāti Rangiwewehi has always aimed to promote their iwi through kapa haka to ensure that their stories live on in pride for generations to come.

The iwi-based team takes to the stage representing their marae, Tarimano, their awa, Te Wai Mimi a Pekehaua, and their kaitiaki, Pekehaua.

Ngāti Rangiwewehi have won the supreme title twice – 1983 in Hastings and 1996 on home-turf in Rotorua.


Year Established: 2006

Iwi: Te Arawa

Kataore was established as an avenue for whakawhanaungatanga and kaitiakitanga within the iwi while practicing the kawa and tikanga of Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa to provide a safe and encouraging environment for whanau.

Kataore competed in their first Te Matatini competition on home soil when it was hosted in Rotorua in 2013.

They represent Te Arawa with pride and believe their strong iwi and community support will take them far.

Te Pikikōtuku o Rongomai

Year Established: 2013

Iwi: Ngāti Rongomai

“Ko te reo toku atua
Ngāti Rongomai, ara ake!”

The group was established ahead of the Te Arawa regional competitions as an avenue for members to reconnect with their iwi, history, stories and waiata through haka.

Te Pikikōtuku o Rongomai strives to provide an avenue for their rangatahi to express their iwi identities positively with the support of iwi elders.