Kapa haka teams continue competing for a spot at Te Matatini
There was a double dose of kapa haka regionals over the weekend.
Rangitāne and Te Whenua Moemoeā (Australia) both sorted out the teams that will represent their regions at next year's Te Matatini.
Te Tū Mataora was crowned the Rangitane regional champs with male leader Haimona Maruera saying they are now concentrating the secondary school championships now.
“Kua mahia te mahi, kia waiho tēnā kia huri ai te kei o tēnei waka ki ngā kura tuarua e whakahaere i tērā āhuatanga ki a mātou e manaaki nei nō reira e te iwi kite i a koutou ki reira kātahi ka tūtaki anō ki Pōneke.”
Te Tini o Rehua took to the stage and napped second place and have booked them a spot at Te Matatini 2019.
According to male leader Pita Savage, the team is an offspring of veteran kapa haka team, Kairanga
“I pērā kia whanake ai tō mātou kapa, tō mātou rohe, i mōhio pai mātou ki te tino piki tēnei rohe me te kounga hoki o ngā kapa katoa me pakanga.”
In Australia, Manawa Mai Tawhiti from Western Australia snatched up the winning title - now they're focusing on getting home for Te Matatini
Male leader Matt Keelan says now their focus is getting back to work.
“The ol’ pūtea you know will be a big challenge for our whānau but yeah, we are in a really good place at the moment we enjoyed a few ales on Saturday and we said to each other enjoy tonight but tomorrow will wipe the slate clean and its back to square one, back to mahi.”
Te Hoe ki Mātangireia took out second place, their last appearance at Te Matatini was back in 2005 before they went to recess in 2006.
Female leader Melany Kerr says they are excited to return to the motherland.
“A lot of our kapa are Australian born and bred some of them have never had the opportunity to go home so using kapa haka as a medium to take them home to see what it is, to be amongst our people is just the best feeling for us.”
The next regional competition will be held in Northland on the 24th of this month.