Topics: Kapa Haka, Te Ihu - Day 1, Te Matatini

Matatini 2015 - Te Rāranga Whānui

By Te Kāea, Wikitōria Day
  • Australia

Australian-based rōpū, Te Rāranga Whānui was established in 2009, and today, they were lead by Wayne Prentice and Erana Moses onto Pūtaringamotu.

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 held in Rotorua last year.

Te Rāranga Whānui 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. 

Here is their performance from the 2013 Matatini Competition held in Rotorua:

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