Ngauru ki Uta was initially established as a whakangahau group in 2013, with as many as 60 kaihaka of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent in membership.
It provided a platform for members to share stories, songs and haka based on their Tūwharetoa heritage.
Their interest to take part in this year's Te Arawa regional competition grew after they performed at the Tūwharetoa Festival last year.
Their pakeke group 'Ngauru ki Uta Pakeke' performed last night to support them and the wider Te Arawa kapa haka cause, which has given their premier side the drive to make them proud today.
Here is their waiata ā-ringa.