Five teams are set to represent the Tāmaki Makaurau region at the national kapa haka competition next year. Among the five is West Auckland's Te Taha Tū who performed an explosive entry to secure a ticket to Te Matatini.
Known for their expertise in weaponry, Te Taha Tū wowed the audience and placed fifth over the weekend.
After Te Manu Huia were unable to secure a top spot at the last regional competition, they were determined to make a comeback. Led by Moeahi Kerehoma and Kingi Makoare, they secured fourth place with a polished performance of contemporary and traditional tunes.
Long standing group Te Rōpū Manutaki secured third place. Founder and former Minister of Māori Affairs Sir Pita Sharples took the stage, conducting the group as they sung their choral item.
After placing in the top nine at the recent Matatini competition, Ngā Tūmanako originally founded for and by foundation students of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae had a solid performance, placing second overall.
However it was Te Waka Huia who defended their title. Coming out as the top team at this year's Tāmaki Makaurau regional competition.