Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti impressed the masses today at Pūtaringamotu, returning to the national kapa haka stage once again.
The group was first established in 1961 and later revived in the year 1976.
Following Whāngārā elders urging that their customs and traditions be protected and kept alive, the group as we know it today was formed in 1995. Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti is taught by renowned tutor, cultural consultant, composer and respected tāmoko artist, Derek Lardelli.
The overarching purpose of Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti is to build, develop and enhance the cultural, intellectual, economic and human assets and capital of Whāngārā-Mai-Tawhiti through kapa haka to benefit Ngāti Konohi.
Here is an item from their regional performance last year at the Tamararo Senior competition: