Te Mātārae I Ōrehu took the use of props to another level today at Te Matatini, with a literal interpretation of Te Ahi Kōmau on stage.
Led by Wetini Mitai-Ngatai, the group presented a powerful performance to a packed-out arena.
Te Mātārae I Ōrehu was created over 20 years ago, and have grown from strength to strength.
Haka and Māori weaponry exponent, Te Irirangi Tiakiawa aimed to create a group that would maintain traditional haka, weaponry and movements.
Te Mātārae I Ōrehu aims to personify and perpetuate stories, the history of Māori culture and its forbears. Their aspiration is to celebrate the future while acknowledging the past.
Here's an item from their performance where they won the Te Arawa Regionals last year for the first time.