The Australian National Māori Kapa Haka Festival 2014 - Manawa Mai Tawhiti

updated By Te Ao Māori News, Wikitōria Day
Australia Kapa Haka Festival - Manawa Mai Tawhiti

Manawa Mai Tawhiti take the national stage for their third time today since being established in 2009.

They explain that 'Manawa Mai Tawhiti' means yearning from afar, referring to the longing their members have for home - Aotearoa.

Although they reside in Perth and the wider WA communities, Manawa Mai Tawhiti members believe in maintaining their Māori heritage while always respecting the other cultures, especially the indigenous people of Australia.

Their leaders are Chase Kanapu and Teia Waihi, and the group is tutored by Shannon Tukiwaho, Matthew Paki, Kararaina Reedy and Teia Waihi.

Here is their waiata ā-ringa, 'Parekura'.