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Published: 5:02PM Monday February 16, 2015

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Te Rerenga Kōtuku

Year Established: 1992

Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine

Te Rerenga Kōtuku are old hands at kapa haka. They have held on to their title as the Ngāti Kahungunu champions for the past six regionals, a feat in itself with the rohe known for producing great songwriters.

They have a goal for all of their members to be conversing in Te Reo Māori by 2020.


Year Established: Dec 2005

Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu rāua ko Rongomaiwahine

Pareārau will be making their first appearance at Te Matatini this year.

The kapa first came about at the request of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s Te Ara Reo Māori students who wanted to learn iwi waiata and haka.

They have since come a long way. Last year they placed second in their regional competition behind kapa haka stalwarts Te Rerenga Kōtuku.

Their performance at Te Matatini is dedicated to a long-standing kaihaka in Ngāti Kahungunu, Raumoa Thompson.

Te Tira Haka o Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga

Year Established: 2013

Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu

This iwi-based team is a first time entrant in Te Matatini, having qualified for the nationals at their first regional competition.

While Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga welcomes anyone with ties to Ngāti Kahungunu and Takitimu, the name was chosen to indicate their home base which is in the Hastings/Napier area.

The kapa aims to maintain the performing arts traditions of their iwi.

Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Ranginui

Year Established: 1992

Iwi: Ngāti Ranginui

“Ka kitea a Ranginui e!”

Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Ranginui are a Tauranga branch of the Takitimu rohe through their affiliations to Ranginui, son of Tamatea Pōkaiwhenua.

This kapa take to the stage proudly representing Tauranga Moana and the many hapū and marae that their kaihaka affiliate to.