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Published: 5:01PM Monday February 16, 2015

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    Mōtai Tangata Rau - Source: Te Karere
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    Te Iti Kahurangi - Source: Te Karere
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    Te Pou-o-Mangataawhiri - Source: Te Karere
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    Ngā Pou o Roto - Source: Te Karere

Mōtai Tangata Rau

Year Established: 2005

Iwi: Raukawa nui tonu

“Kia Raukawa te tū, kia Māori te tū, hei pou mō ngā taonga tuku iho, mō ngā tikanga, me te reo o te iwi kua ngaro ki te pō.”

Mōtai Tangata Rau took out the Tainui regionals last year for the first time, stunning the crowd with a powerful bracket.

The group’s tutor Paraone Gloyne had this to say about their performance: “He oranga ngākau tērā, te rongo i te whare e ūmere ana, koinā pea te utu ki ngā hekenga werawera i roto i ngā wiki.”

They make their return to Te Matatini for a second time.

Te Iti Kahurangi

Year Established: 2003

Iwi: Waikato

Strong favourites Te Iti Kahurangi took out second place at the Tainui regionals with a charged whakaeke inspired by the Ngati Haua settlement in the Waikato region.

The group will be heading back to Te Matini where previously they had placed third equal with two other kapa.

Their performance at Te Matatini is dedicated to a founding member Daniel Teremoana who passed away suddenly last year.

Te Pou-o-Mangataawhiri

Year Established: 1921

Iwi: Tainui

“Mahia te mahi, hei painga mō te iwi.” – Te Puea Herangi

Te Pou o Mangataawhiri is a group strongly associated with Te Kīngitanga and Tūrangawaewae Marae.

Their slick choreography ensured their spot in Te Matatini in Christchurch, after coming third in the Tainui regionals.

Ngā Pou o Roto

Year Established: 2008

Iwi: Waikato Tainui

Ngā Pou o Roto has strong links to the Kingitanga Movement. They are often referred to by some as the King Tuheitia’s haka group, but they see themselves as only one of many kapa for the king. “Ko ngā kapa o te motu he kapa mō te Kīngi.”

Kapa haka, for the group, means more to them than competition. “Mō mātou ake, he nui ake ngā āhuatanga o te kapa haka ki ērā āhuatanga o te whakataetae,” says Tamara Takiari, “ka haere tonu te kaupapa i muri tonu i te whakataetae.”

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