Tūtū Kā'ika was formed in 2009, and placed with their strong debut performance at the 2010 Aotea Regionals.
This advanced them to the national competition, Te Matatini o Te Rā, held at Waiōhika, Te Tairāwhiti in 2011.
While striving for kapa haka excellence, for Tūtū Kā'ika a greater emphasis has been placed on w'ānau wellness, higher education, and creating employment opportunities for their community.
Efforts worth standing proud of at today's event.
Each of the items performed today express and celebrate their journey of developing their own Tūtū Kā'ikatanga.
Members of this whānau adhere to their mottos, 'Kia ka'a, kia maia, kia manawa tūtū kā'ika' and 'Papa'hu' - or 'Flames on!'
Their male leader is Clive Tongaawhikau Jnr (Ngārua’inerangi, Ngāti Ruanui), and their female leader is Kotuku Kaiki (Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki).