Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru have taken to the national stage today as the second group to represent Aotea rohe at Te Matatini 2015.
Based in Whaitara, the group was first set up to retain te reo Māori and its customs, and to teach and recite the whakapapa of their tribal connections to Taranaki and the history of Parkihaka.
All of which is done under the teachings and guidance of their spiritual leaders, Tohu Kākahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai.
Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru was founded by the late Poi Haututu Pue in June 2002. In 2009, the dream of performing at Te Matatini was fulfilled, and they've since learnt that kapa haka is more than representing the Maunga and kaupapa Māori; it is a lifestyle, whether marae-based, on the stage or elsewhere.
The group is tutored by Tony Pue, Tamzyn Pue,Ashley Urwin, Te Aroha Broughton-Pue and Matthew Tuuta-Rawiri, and their leaders today are Matthew Tuuta-Rawiri and Te Aroha Broughton-Pue.
Here's an item from their performance last year at the Aotea Regionals: