The pools for Te Matatini 2017 are set.
Forty-eight senior groups from across the country and the Tasman were drawn by Te Matatini chair, Herewini Parata, at a live draw held at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Tākitimu in Hastings on Friday night.
Named Te Kahu o Te Amorangi, Ngāti Kahungunu will host the biggest competition to date in Hastings early next year.
The competition is made up of three pools, Te Ihu, Te Haumi and Te Kei, each containing 16 teams.
The ice breakers for 2017 are Te Manu Huia from the Auckland region who make their return to the national stage after missing out in 2015.
Te Ihu will also see resident finalists Te Mātārae i Ōrehu, Te Iti Kahurangi and Te Pou o Mangatāwhiri fight their way to another finals performance.
Former national champions, Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti, kick off Day Two of performances. Along with Auckland’s Ngā Tūmanako and defending champions Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau-a-Apanui.
The final pool, Te Kei, plays host to 2015 runners up Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti and former national champions Te Waka Huia and Waihīrere.
A number of groups will get their first taste of the national stage next year including Te Taha Tū from Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Hikuwai from Te Arawa, Hikurangi from Te Tairāwhiti rohe, and a re-invigorated Waioweka from Ōpōtiki.
See below for a full list of pools:
Te Ihu - Thursday 23 February 2017
1) Te Manu Huia
2) Hātea Kapa Haka
4) Te Reanga Morehu o Rātana
5) Ngāti Rangiwewehi
6) Ngā Manu a Tane
7) Tauira Mai Tawhiti
8) Te Pikikōtuku o Rongomai
9) Te Pou o Mangatawhiri
10) Tūtara Kauika ki Rangataua
11) Tū Te Maungaroa
12) Te Puu Ao
13) Te Iti Kahurangi
14) Te Kuraroa
15) Ngā Manu Waiata
16) Te Mātārae I Ōrehu
Te Haumi - Friday 24 February 2017
1) Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti
2) Mōtai Tangata Rau
3) Te Taha Tū
4) Tū Te Manawa Maurea
5) Ngaa Pou o Roto
6) Te Rerenga Kōtuku
7) Te Kapa Haka o Ruātoki
8) Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki Ūawa
9) Te Hikuwai
10) Ngā Tumanako
11) Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Ranginui
13) Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui
14) Ngā Kawai Hekenga o Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti
15) Te Kapa Haka o Kairanga
16) Kia Ngawari
Te Kei - Saturday 25 February 2017
1) Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti
2) Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi
3) Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
5) Tūhourangi -Ngāti Wahiao
6) Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru
7) Te Matapihi
8) Te Pao a Tahu
10) Tamatea Arikinui
11) Te Waka Huia
12) Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti
13) Te Tū Mataora
14) Te Pou Tū Mārō
15) Te Rōpū Manutaki
16) Te Kāheru Matarau a Haua