Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki Uawa
Year Established: “Nō te wāi ō mātau mātua tīpuna”
Iwi: Te Aitanga a Hauiti
“Ko Tītīrangi te maunga, ko Ūawanui a Ruamatua te awa, ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi, te kura tangata o Hingangaroa, te kura whaihanga o Te Rāwheoro.”
Underdog kapa haka Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki Uawa qualified for Te Matatini 2015 after they took out their regionals last year, beating out the three Te Tairāwhiti groups that made the top nine at last Te Matatini.
Waihīrere Māori Club
Year Established: 1952
Iwi: Te Aitanga a Māhaki
“Kia ū ki ngā tikanga ā kui mā ā koro mā”
Waihīrere Māori Club is one of the oldest surviving kapa haka, and their veteran performer Louise Kingi is the only person who can say she has performed at every national festival since 1972.
Waihīrere is tied as one of the most titled kapa haka with five national wins.
Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti
Year Established: 1961
Iwi: Ngāti Porou
“Ko Whāngārā te pūtahitanga o te tangata
Ko Whāngārā te pārekereke o te kōrero”
For Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti, kapa haka is about communicating their stories, songs, haka and customs. They pride themselves as being a safe haven for the young and old, representing Ngāti Konohi to the world.
Whāngārā took home the coveted Duncan McIntyre Trophy in 2007 when they won Te Matatini title hosted by Rangitāne.
Tū Te Manawa Maurea
Year Established: 2006
“Mana Whenua, Mana Tikanga, Mana Tangata, Manawaru!”
Tū Te Manawa Maurea uses kapa haka as a medium to express their art with innovation and understanding for what culminates in an exciting performance.
This group is known for breaking the mould and are always a crowd favourite.