With pool C getting underway today at Te Matatini, more than 35 teams have already performed for the crowds. On that note, teams from this section will be doing their best to seduce the judges.
Day 3 groups and teams are looking to stand out. Te Whānau-a-Apanui play on not only popular tunes but play on words as well.
Tamati Waaka says, “We heard Timoti and we took what he said, and that's something we do to be different from every other group that allows our leaders stand out from the rest who may use rākau and may not be able to get the crowd to laugh.”
Ruatāhuna Kākahu Mauku looked back on their customs to pull the judges in.
According to Reremoana Taputu, “There is an example of our stance "kaitangata" stance where our kuia, Kurawha, was renowned for fighting alongside the men, she used taiaha."
Te Iti Kahurangi play on traditional adze, with Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti using their voices.
With Tūtū Kā’ika using traditional poi manu.
Clive Tongaawhikau of Tūtū Kā’ika says, “We've used our poi, poi raupō to tell our stories so that our stories our never forgotten.”
Time is ticking and no matter the judgements made by people, there is only one judgement that counts and that's the judges' decisions.