Winners claim kapa haka titles

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The competition was held in Rotorua. Photo / The Daily Post
The competition was held in Rotorua. Photo / The Daily Post

Te Waka Huia have claimed their fifth Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival title.

The Auckland-based team equalled Waihirere's record for most titles won by a group.

The winners were announced in the sweltering heat at the Rotorua International Stadium.

Waka Huia last won the title in Tauranga in 2009 and had to overcome a spirited top nine teams' finals which included Te Arawa group and 2012 defending champions Te Mataarae i Orehu.

Although the Rotorua group managed to win top male leader for Wetini Mitai-Ngatai as well as best haka in the aggregate round the group didn't make the top five with Te Whanau a Apanui second overall and Tu Te Manawa Maurea, Te Iti Kahurangi and Whangara Mai Tawhiti third equal overall.

About 15,000 spectators attended the fourth and final day with temperatures soaring to 25C.

The next festival will be held in two years time in Christchurch.


Aggregate Awards

Overall winner
1st Te Whaka Huia
2nd Te Whanau-a-Apanui
3rd Tu Te Manawa Maurea, Te Iti Kahurangi and Whangara Mai Tawhiti

Kaitataki tane (male leader)
Wetini Mitai-Ngatai (Te Mataarae i Orehu)

Kaitataki wahine (female leader)
Tiare Kata Teinakore (Te Iti Kahurangi)

Whakaeke
Te Iti Kahurangi

Moteatea
Te Iti Kahurangi

Waiata-a-ringa:
Te Iti Kahurangi

Poi
Opotiki Mai Tawhiti

Haka
Te Mataarae i Orehu

Whakawatea
Te Whanau-a-Apanui

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