After nearly 20 years of working towards qualifying for Te Matatini, Tūtara Kauika have made their debut on the national stage at Pūtaringamotu.
The rōpū, based in Tauranga Moana, was founded in 1994 by Awanui Black.
Tūtara Kauika ki Rangataua dedicated their captivating regional performance to the historical Battle of Pukehinahina. Today, they brought along their kaupapa, and red paint, to leave a lasting impression of their spectators.
Their tutors are Awanuiaarangi Black, Maia Wharekura, Kiharoa Nuku, Rikirau Luttenberger and Teraania Ormsby-Teki, and their leaders are Maia Wharekura and Teraania Ormsby-Teki.
Here's an item from their performance at last year's Mataatua regionals: