Topics: Kapa Haka, Te Haumi - Day 2, Te Matatini

Te Matatini - Te Rōpū Manutaki

By Te Kāea
  • Auckland

Hoani Waititi Marae was the birth place of Te Rōpū Manutaki, a haka group that was formed by Dr Pita Sharples in 1968 as the founding tutor and leader.

Now they have found a new lease of life under the tutelage of long-serving performer, Te Hira Paenga.

Te Rōpū Manutaki are now in their fourth generation of performers, where the world and the language has changed, so their style of performance has changed too.

Paenga told Te Kāea, "We've been active for 47 years. The children in the group at the time of its inception now have children themselves.  We're now into our fourth generation of performers and the world and the language has changed, so performance has changed too."

Here is their recent interview during preparations for Te Matatini:

Here is an item from their performance at last year's Tāmaki Makaurau regionals: