Te Matatini 2015 - Ngā Tumanako

By Te Ao Māori News

This is the fifth time that Ngā Tūmanako has performed at Te Matatini since their inception in 2005.  

The group's tutors are Kawariki Morgan and Jade Maipi, and their leaders today are Te Raina Kaipara and Kawariki.

Ngā Tūmanako was originally founded for and by foundation students of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, the first ever kura kaupapa Māori.  Ngā Tūmanako aim to promote the survival of Te Reo Māori and the Māori culture through the medium of performing arts.

The three diamonds seen on their kapa haka uniforms represent the three baskets of knowledge.  The colour of their uniforms also holds meaning; black represents the night, white represents the moon and red represents the earth.