Established in 2002, Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru make their sixth appearance at the national Te Matatini competition today.
They are the second kapa from Aotea rohe to perform this morning in the Te Ihu section.
A key message in their bracket today is about their request for parliament to mandate a "Parihaka Day".
The kapa acknowledge the migration of the Taranaki people to Wellington with Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Mango - Ngāti Toa Rangatira in their performance today, in addition to paying homage to the first ever kōhanga reo established in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Pukeatua Kōhanga Reo in Wainuiomata.
The leaders and the tutors of Ngā Purapura are all descendants of Maruiwi te tupuna o Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki, and the majority of members affiliate to Ngāti Maru.