Watch the powerful performance that won Te Kāhui Maunga kapa haka regional comp in Taranaki

Watch the powerful performance that won Te Kāhui Maunga kapa haka regional comp in Taranaki

Te Reanga Mōrehu o Rātana proving their incredible talent again!

Te Kāhui Maunga kapa haka regional competition went down in Taranaki this weekend where many talented and fierce rōpū competed for their chance to rep the rohe at Te Matatini in 2025.

Thirteen groups competed, but it was Te Reanga Mōrehu o Rātana who took out the win as the top rōpū of the comp at Te Whare o Ruapūtahanga TSB Hub in Te Hāwera.

Many people shared their aroha for the performance, with one writing: "Woww! Stunning whānau 🥹."

Another said: "That waiata tira is the most beautiful item out of all of the whakataetae kapa haka a motu thus far."

"Awesome, wow, you conducted on the stage my Mōrehu congratulations ❤ well deserves to win it again 💯," added a third.

The rōpū performed at last year’s Te Matatini competition and were joined by the legendary vocals of Aotearoa’s Stan Walker.

The official Te Matatini TikTok account posted a snippet of Stan’s powerful solo during his debut at the 2023 competition - turn up your volume to hear his amazing vocals accompanied by the amazing rōpū.

It’s no surprise the group came out as winners with their incredibly strong vocals we’ve seen time and time again.

They’ll be repping the strength of Te Hauāuru region alongside Ngā Purapura o Te Tai Hauāuru (2nd place), Te Kura Nui o Paerangi (3rd place) and Ngā Waihotanga (4th place).

Like most of Aotearoa’s kapa haka events, Te Kāhui Maunga (formerly Aotea Kapa Haka regionals) is usually held every two years, but due to Covid-19 putting everything on hold for the last few years, this year marked the first time the competition could go ahead since 2018.

Te Matatini Te Kāhui Maunga delegate, Dr Rāwiri Tinirau, told TeAo News: “Hosting Te Matatini 2025 in Taranaki is not just about showcasing our cultural heritage…”

“It’s about giving a platform for our top kapa haka performers to tell our stories, celebrate our culture and leave a legacy of pride and inspiration for our mokopuna.”

We can’t wait to see what the rōpū brings to Te Matatini in Ngāmotu/New Plymouth next year.