Year Established: 2009
Iwi: Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa
“Ko te kaupapa nui, kia kawea ngā korero o te kainga, ngā kōrero o ō tātou nei karani, o ō tātou nei tipuna.” – Chris Henare
Muriwhenua upheld their “Muriwhenuatanga” at the Te Taitokerau regionals last year to take out the competition for the first time.
They use kapa haka as a way to empower whānau, hapū, and iwi, and promote health and well being in their community.
This will be their third appearance at Te Matatini.
Year Established: 2011
Iwi: Te Rarawa me Ngāpuhi nui tonu
“Mā ngā Mahi-ā-Te Rehia e whakatinanahia i nga moemoea a ō tātou nei mātua tupuna hei tuāpapa mo ngā ahunga o Hokianga.”
Second-place regional winners Hokianga will make their second appearance at a Te Matatini festival this year, having made their debut in Rotorua 2013.
The kapa were hit by a tragic loss last year with the passing of one of their kaihaka, Chase Wijohn. They are dedicating their performance at this year’s nationals to his memory.
Hātea Kapa Haka
Year Established: 2000
“I kite i o mātou mātua, i o mātou pakeke e ngākaunui ana ki tā mātou mahi. Nō reira ki a mātou, koirā te mea nui.” – Otene Hopa
Hātea is a group that strives for excellence in kapa haka. Having a strong link to their marae of Pehiaweri, the group encourages whānau participation regardless of age or ability and they use kapa haka as a vehicle to express their identity and whakaaro on topical issues.
They are a well-known group for their sweet sound, having won the Te Taonga a te Rōpū Waiata Māori o Aotearoa for their choral at Te Matatini 2013 in Rotorua.
Te Puu Ao
Year Established: 2007
Iwi: All Iwi of Te Tai Tokerau
“Ko te mea nui e ora tonu ana tō tātou reo Māori, e ora tonu ana ngā tikanga a ō tātou mātua tipuna.” – Mauritere Apiata
Te Puu Ao are making a comeback this year to the national stage after missing out in Te Matatini 2013. Their fiery performance at the Te Taitokerau regionals last year ensured they took the final fourth spot heading to Christchurch.
This kapa aims to foster rangatiratanga and inspire magnificence.