Topic: Kapa Haka

Te Nehenehenui Festival fosters revitalisation of traditional songs

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The Te Nehenehenui Festival celebrated its second anniversary today hosting eight teams who performed a mix of traditional and contemporary songs to entertain the hau kāinga.

Organisers say the festival came about as a way to revive traditional songs of the iwi, and to encourage iwi members from all over Aotearoa to return home to Te Nehenehenui.

All groups were encouraged to learn the haka pōwhiri, Whakahāware, and the waiata tawhito, Kāore Te Roimata.

By having this particular festival event in Piopio, the biennial Maniapoto Games in Te Kūiti, poukai and other events across Te Rohe Pōtae, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto kaiako, Sonny Tahi says it gives iwi members a chance to visit different parts of the rohe.

The success of its inaugural festival has made the lead-up for today's event even more exciting for participants and supporters, with seats on high demand.

The competition is in three sections:

Karanga Tamariki (Junior): Age 0-12 years
Karanga Rangatahi (Intermediate): Age 0-18 years
Karanga Pakeke (Senior): Open entry

The groups who took part today were:

Karanga Tamariki:  Te Kura Rautau, Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Ngā Tamariki o te Kura o Aria

Karanga Rangatahi:  Te Kūititanga o ngā manga, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto

Karanga Pakeke:  Te Haona Kaha, Maniapoto ki Tāmaki, Tamarau

The prizegiving results are as follows:

Karanga Tamariki -

3rd = Te Tira Haka o Maniapoto

2nd = Te Kura Rautau

1st = Te Kura o Aria

Karanga Rangatahi

2nd = Te Kūititanga o ngā manga

1st = Te Wharekura o Maniapoto

Karanga Pakeke -

3rd = Maniapoto ki Tāmaki

2nd = Te Haona Kaha

1st = Tamarau

Here's a look back at last year's Te Nehenehenui Festival: