Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa are no newcomers to the national stage, and are the third Te Arawa group from six to perform at Pūtaringamotu.
Established in 2006, Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa is a tight-knit whānau. The original rōpu was made up of performers from the Maxwell, Mitchell, Grant and Morrison whānau. Since then, a number of other whānau have also joined Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa.
The group have been blessed with the teachings of Te Arawa kapa haka stalwarts Trevor Maxwell and his late wife Atareta Maxwell as well as Sir Howard Morrison himself. Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa also acknowledge their links to Ngāti Whakaue and pay homage to their eponymous ancestor Te Whanoa.
Here is a snippet of their performance at the Te Arawa Regionals held last year: