Day two of Te Matatini saw 15 more teams from the Te Haumi pool take to the stage, which included former champions Te Mātārae i Ōrehu, Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti and Te Rōpū Manutaki.
Te Kāea reporter Heeni Brown says "Last year Te Mātārae I Ōrehu, Tū Te Manawa Maurea and Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti were finalists from this pool. However as you can see, like the weather the clouds have opened up, it's a new day where new groups can grasp the opportunity and steal a finals spot."
As for performances today, there was thunder on stage and off but Te Mātārae I Ōrehu set fire to the rain.
Wetini Mītai-Ngātai says his group is carrying traditions of his ancestors.
He believes, It's about grasping the customs of kuia and koroua and taking them on the stage for all to see, he says Te Mātārae I Ōrehu didn't use the guitar often in this performance, but it's been something the group has done for a long time.
Haka stalwart Donna Grant also made her peace, with her team having the final word.
Pakake Winiata of Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa told Te Kāea, There are some allegations against Donna Grant, but what his group is saying is that those who are quick to judge should remember that it's for the one who hasn't been convicted yet to cast the first stone.
It's taken 20 years and many attempts and Tūtara Kauika have finally made it to Te Matatini, bringing with them a century of tradition.
Awanuiarangi Black says, “nothing has really changed over the years in terms of whomever it is controlling the country, the children from that time are the ones who are now running the team, and it's the older ones that are following them now.”
The tumu arrived with the sun and Ngā Purapura o Te Tai Hauāuru. Their beat heralding a rememberance of peace.