Topics: Kapa Haka, Te Matatini

Te Rerenga Kōtuku takes out Kahungunu kapa haka regionals

By Rahia Timutimu
  • North Island: East Coast

Te Rerenga Kōtuku has taken out the Kahungunu kapa haka regionals in Hastings.  Next year's Te Matatini competition will be held in Kahungunu.

Four groups were chosen from 14 teams to represent their region. 

At the place where Te Matatini will be held next year, Kahungunu teams battled it out for four spots to represent their region at the nationals.

Teams brought many themes to the stage.  Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga dedicated their performance to a loved one.

Mahina Huata explains, "It was awesome, we all gave it everything.  Our main goal was to honour our boy."

The theme for their senior group was the hotly debated topic of the week, the TPP.

Although Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox has been busy in Parliament, she was also one of the faces of Te Rangiura o Te Wairarapa.

This performance marked their first appearance at the Kahungunu regionals.

Irihapeti Roberts says, "The main thing is that we achieved what we hoped to achieve.  Our topics were the Māori language, Te Aho Matua and our Wairarapa heritage."

Of the 15 teams who performed, only four teams will perform at Te Matatini.  Tamatea Arikinui placed fourth, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga came third.

Ngāti Ranginui placed second, but it was Te Rerenga Kōtuku that won the Ngāti Kahungunu regionals for 2016.

FULL RESULTS:

WAIATA TIRA
3rd Tamatea Arikinui
2nd Ngāti Ranginui
1st Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga

KĀKAHU
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Ngāti Rangi nui
1st Tamatea Arikinui

MANUKURA WAHINE
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Ngāti Rangi nui
1st Tamatea Arikinui

MANUKURA TĀNE
3rd Ngāti Ranginui
2nd Te Rerenga Kōtuku
1st Tamatea Arikinui

WHAKAEKE
3rd Ngāti Ranginui
2nd Te Rangiura o Wairarapa
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

MŌTEATEA
3rd Ngāti Ranginui
2nd Tamatea Arikinui
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

WAIATA Ā-RINGA
3rd Tamatea Arikinui
2nd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

POI
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Te Rerenga Kōtuku
1st Ngāti Ranginui

HAKA
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Ngāti Ranginui
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

WHAKAWĀTEA
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Ngāti Ranginui
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

TE REO
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Ngāti Ranginui
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

OVERALL
4th Tamatea Arikinui
3rd Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
2nd Ngāti Ranginui
1st Te Rerenga Kōtuku

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