Ngā Manu a Tāne
Year Established: 2006
Iwi: Ngāi Tahu is the paramount iwi of the region, but many members descend from various iwi all around the motu.
Ngā Manu a Tāne took out the Waitaha regionals in April last year after impressing the judges with their performance. They attribute the win to the memory of one of their stalwart kuia who died the night before they took to the stage.
“I te matenga o tā mātou whaea…i whakaihiihi i a mātou,” says performer Komene Kururangi at the time, “nō reira, he aha kē atu i te whakatenatena, i te akiaki i tua atu i tērā?”
Their Te Matatini performance will acknowledge the passing of Whaea Viv ‘Tweets’ Hough and Pāpā Matt who both recently passed away.
Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi
Year Established: 2012
Iwi: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou
The second place regional winners, Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi, will be returning to Te Matatini for the second time after they lit up the stage with their performance.
“Hikaka katoa te manawa,” says Te Manuiti Whata after their performance, “kua pau te hau, i whakaputa ngoi i runga i te atamira, nō reira kua pai!”
This relatively new kapa is a branch off group of Te Ahikaaroa, a long-standing kapa in the Waitaha region. They also acknowledge their link to the East Coast iwi of Ngāti Porou.
Te Pao a Tahu
Year Established: 2013
Iwi: Ngāi Tahu
“Kia renarena te taukaea o Tahu Pōtiki.”
Te Pao a Tahu are newcomers to scene. The kapa first appeared in the Waitaha regional competitions for the first time last year and they managed to come away with third to make it through to nationals.
“I waiho ki runga i te atamira o mātou kare ā-roto katoa,” says kaihaka Ana Buchanan of their performance, “ā, i puta ko te ihi, ko te wehi, ko te wana.”