Kataore wowed the crowd with their theatrical performance today at Pūtaringamotu with their creative use of props.
Kataore hails from the Te Arawa region, and was established in 2009 to provide a positive environment for their whānau and especially their youth.
The tutors of the group are Thomas Wharerau, Piripi Christie, Riki Bishop and Rie Morris.
Riki Bishop told Te Kāea, "Even though the name Kataore derives from a taniwha, a serpent-lizard, that doesn't depict the atmosphere of the group. It enables the audience to hear, to feel, to be immersed in the messages not only about Te Arawa but throughout NZ."
He also said that Kataore's aim for this year was to perform something different, something that hasn't been seen in previous years. It's safe to say that they have achieved that goal today.
Here is the recent interview with Kataore taken during their preparations for Te Matatini: