The fruits of Tutara Kauika ki Rangataua's labour have finally been rewarded, after working for many years to at least get their name to the National Te Matatini stage.
Since 2006, Tauira Mai Tawhiti has always secured a spot on Te Matatini stage, and for the first time, they didn't qualify for the national competition.
One of the groups present at the Rotorua nationals was Te Karu who also missed out on the nationals in Christchurch next year.
But Tūhoe will still be represented as Ruatāhuna Kakahu Mauku head to the nationals as Mataatua's third qualifier.
Defending champions Te Whānau-a-Apanui head to the nationals as Mataatua's second qualifier.
Te Whakatōhea also heads to the nationals as the Mataatua champions.