Ngāti Rangiwewehi from the Te Arawa region are the second group to take the stage on Day 1 of Te Matatini 2015, and as the venue starts to fill, spectators coming through were treated to a powerful performance.
The group tutors this year are Deana Rika, Dan Vaka and Te Whānau o Ngāti Rangiwewehi, and their leaders today are Deana Rika and Murray Bidois.
The two-time national winning rōpū made an impressive return to the national stage; their last national win was in 1996 on home soil in Rotorua, and their first win was in 1983 in Hastings.
Their mission as a kapa is to promote their "Rangiwewehitanga" through performing arts, to stand proud as descendants of Ngāti Rangiwewehi and ensure the legacy continues for generations to come.
Here is a snippet from their performance at last year's Te Arawa regionals,
and today's whakaeke, Pōhauhau, performed on the Te Matatini national stage at Pūtaringamotu. (above)