Kura-ki-Uta is comprised of students from Ōpōtiki College originating from the Mataatua rohe and representing Te Whakatōhea iwi.
In efforts to instill the language, history and tikanga of Te Whakatōhea through haka, the kapa was established by Oke Huriwaka, Te Tawhiro Maxwell and Nan Peka.
The group’s performance today pays tribute to those who have supported them get to this level.
It is also dedicated to influential figures of Te Whakatōhea, including two of their matriarchs who've recently passed this year; Heeni Green, and Rawinia Te Kani, as well as Nanny Ra's husband, respected leader Tokorua Te Kani.
Here is Kura-Ki-Uta's haka, Te Matuatangata.