Topics: Kapa Haka, Te Ihu - Day 1, Te Matatini

Te Matatini 2015 - Muriwhenua

By Te Kāea, Wikitōria Day
  • Northland

Muriwhenua is a group from Te Tai Tokerau which consists of five Far North tribes, namely Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāti Kahu and Te Rarawa.

Muriwhenua entered the competitive haka section in 2010 and for the first time last year, they won the regional title. 

They focus heavily on retaining issues around the region of Muriwhenua and they also continue to ensure the revitalisation of Te Reo.  

Performer Ikanui Kingi-Waiaua says "I can tell you now that it's alive and it's still kicking, and is underpinned by the belief and need to show our children and our grandchildren that it's awesome to be Māori, to be someone from this region."

Kaihaka of the rōpū represent a total of 45 marae, but while all 40 performers are from the Far North, almost half of them live in Auckland or Hamilton, travelling every fortnight to train for competition.

The group leaders are Chris and Sandra Henare, Samantha Waitai-Terekia, Thomas Strickland, Daniel Waitai and Hera Waitai, with Chris and Sandra standing as today's leaders.

Here's their interview with Te Kāea during their lead-up to Te Matatini: