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Te Matatini 2017

All stories related to previous Te Matatini competitions and performers as well as stories  leading up to and during the 2017 National Competition in Hastings 

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He Amorangi - Sophie Williams

He Amorangi - Sophie Williams of Te Arawa and Ngāpuhi descent is a lecturer of dance at the University of Auckland, a PhD student, a key performer and member of Hawaiki Tu Academy. She says her Rotorua based senior kapa Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao has grounded and influenced who she is today as a dancer, a performer and representative of her tribe, Te Arawa.

He Amorangi - Hohua Mohi

He Amorangi special feature. Tonight we have one of the youngest judges on this years Te Matatini panel. At 35 years of age, Hohua Mohi is set to judge the haka for the first time at Te Matatini after more than twenty years performing, most recently for Te Arawa juggernauts Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Tarāwhai.

He Amorangi - Pou Temara

While Pou Temara won't be sitting on the judging panel at the upcoming Te Matatini festival, he is still highly regarded for his expertise in the Manukura Tāne or male leader section. He gives us his accounts of what makes a great male leader on stage.