Ngāti Whakaue’s absence from the competitive section of the Te Arawa regionals spans over 30 years, back to 1982. Many have anxiously anticipated their return and today they are the 6th group to take the stage.
Established in 1932, the rōpū strives to uphold Ngāti Whakaue’s tikanga and kawa under the banner of “Kotahi te wae onamata, Kotahi te wae inamata”.
The group is tutored by Parehuia Hakaraia, Tenga Rangitauira, Mihaerea Kirby, Corine Mihaere, Whawhanga Williams and Cori Masters. Leading the group on stage today is their kaitataki tāne (male leader) Te Whakamauriri Paora and kaitataki wahine (female leader) Corine Mihaere.
With the loss of the late Mauriora Kingi and Rawiri Rangitauira last year, Ngāti Whakaue pay homage to them and those who have passed on and dedicated much of their lives to being advocates and strong representatives for their people.
The strength of an iwi can be measured on the support behind the scenes and this Whakawātea (Exit song) honours the efforts of all their past kuia who made it all happen.
The item is titled “Tui atu, tui mai” a composition written by Tenga Rangitauira