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

Te Matatini 2015 - Ngā Uri o Tamarau

By Te Kāea
  • Wellington

Ngā Uri o Tamarau was formed in 2012 as a ngahau group to perform at their regional cultural festival, and to also help tell their iwi's stories.  

From that festival, they advanced to make their debut at the 2013 Te Matatini competition held in Rotorua, and are excited to have taken the national stage again.

The group's tutors and leaders are Kura Moehau and Wikitoria Ratu.  

Kura Moeahu had stated in an earlier report, that he wanted to unite his iwi, and one common ancestor all hapū and whānau link to is Tamarau, the father of Awanuiarangi.

Ngā Uri o Tamarau aims to increase mana whenua participation in the Wellington region while educating and empowering rōpū members and the wider community. 

This, in turn, will help to fuel a sense of belonging while strengthening whanaungatanga, will enable them to share their region's history, and keep their iwi dialect alive.

Here's their full performance from last year's Te Whanganui-a-Tara regionals:

Today, Ngā Uri o Tamarau took the full strength of the sun as they performed on the national stage, here is their waiata tira, Nui Mai Te Panga o te Hau.

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