The first group from the host region Waitaha, Te Pao a Tahu, have taken to the stage this morning of Day 1 at Te Matatini 2015, following yesterday's moving welcoming ceremony.
The group tutors are Corban Te Aika, Ana Buchanan and Henare Te Aika-Puanaki, and leading this year are Corban Te Aika and Ana Buchanan.
Te Pao a Tahu made their debut just last year at the Waitaha Regional Kapa Haka competition, and won third place to qualify for this year's Te Matatini.
Te Pao a Tahu originated out of a strong desire to strengthen the Ngāi Tahu presence and mana in kapa haka at all levels.
Corban and Ana explained once off the stage this morning, they will have a kai, a short rest, then the team will be out and about looking after their manuhiri, the multitudes who have come to Christchurch this week.
Here is their item from last year's regionals, their waiata ā-ringa, E Kui e Mara.
Today, we have their poi, Ko Hinehukatere.