The Aotea Kapa Haka regionals, due to be held on Saturday 21 March, have been postponed. The competition was set to take place in Hawera, South Taranaki.
Eight kapa were set to compete for three spots to represent the Te Kāhui Maunga region to Te Matatini Herenga Waka, Herenga Tāngata scheduled to take place at Auckland’s, Eden Park, in early 2021.
Te Kāhui Maunga Society Incorporated, Patea Māori Cultural Theatre Trust - Aotea Ūtanganui and hosts, Taranaki Ki Tonga stated, "COVID-19 continues to evolve and with this in light it would be unthinkable and irresponsible to proceed given the ongoing risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of all our whānau, which is paramount."
Aotea joins other rohe who have made changes to their competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.