Mataatua Kapa Haka Regionals 2016- Te Waimana Kaaku

Te Waimana Kaaku was formed in 1971 to participate in Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe. 

Their kākahu are fully woven from harakeke by the wāhine of the group and is gathered from within the Waimana valley. 

The rōpū is led by kaitātaki tāne Martin Rakuraku and kaitātaki wahine Goldie Hape. 

This year's performance focuses on prominent tupuna of Te Waimana Kaaku, Te Pairi Tūterangi.

In pākeha literature, he was protrayed as a devious person, however, Waimana wants to tell the true story, the story about their tīpuna rangatira whom they believe was a tohunga whakairo and whatu harakeke.  

Aroha Mika, Martin Rakuraku, Whitiaua Ropitini and Tāne Rakuraku are the composers of the items the rōpū has performed. 

As Te Waimana Kaaku dates back to the 70s, this was also the time when Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe launched. Waimana portrays the history of the ahurei from its inception to the present day. 

Their mission statement is "Ko Koeau, ko au ko koe, ko tāua". Koeau is a mokomoko, a significant kaitiaki known within Tūhoe. 

The item they have chosen to share with us today is their whakaeke, Te Pairi Tūterangi.