Returning champs, Te Raranga Whānui from NSW, look to impress again at today's prestigious event.
In 2012, they took out the top placing at the Australian National Māori Performing Arts Festival held in Canberra, which advanced them to Te Matatini which was held in Rotorua last year.
Established in 2009, the rōpū first came about as a kapa haka wānanga in conjunction with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and a collaboration of different haka groups scattered across Sydney.
Their focus is on whanaungatanga and striving for excellence in all areas of Māori performing arts, and under the tutelage of Laurie Sarich, they are definitely a group to keep an eye on in future events.
Their leaders this year are Heremaia (Wayne) Prentice and Mihi Takahi.
As per the group's wishes, here is a snippet of their whakaeke, 'Paraheahea'.