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
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.
Year Established: 1921
“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.”