Kapa haka teams are braving soggy conditions performing for the top spot at Te Matatini.

It's the final day of the four-day national kapa haka festival being held at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

Te Mātārae I Orehu was the first team scheduled to perform this morning at 8.40am.

Cheers of support from the crowd watching Te Reanga Morehu o Ratana perform. Photo / Supplied by Te Matatini
Cheers of support from the crowd watching Te Reanga Morehu o Ratana perform. Photo / Supplied by Te Matatini

The event has experienced a few scattered showers over the past days but wet weather has set in today.

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Metservice has forecast possible heavy and thundery rain easing to showers in the evening. A southerly could rise to gale-force in exposed places.

There are 46 teams taking part in the festival, 44 of them from New Zealand, including three from Wellington. There is a team each from the Australian cities of Perth and Sydney.

While Te Matatini has gone ahead today, another big event for the region, Wings over Wairarapa, has been canned.

A mix of low cloud, wind and rain has made the final day unsafe for the public and pilots.

It's the second disappointment this weekend, after an American B-52 bomber was unable to fly to New Zealand because of mechanical issues.

Event chairman Bob Francis said cancelling today was the right decision.

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"We're definitely disappointed but we've had two amazing days."

A prizegiving for Te Matatini finalists will be held at 3.20pm.

Fans have brought chairs, chilly bins and blankets with them to Westpac Stadium. Photo / Georgina Campbell
Fans have brought chairs, chilly bins and blankets with them to Westpac Stadium. Photo / Georgina Campbell

The nine finalists are:

Te Mātārae I Orehu
Mōtai Tanagata Rau,
Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui
Ngā Tumanako
Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao,
Te Pou o Mangataawhiri,
Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti,
Te Iti Kahurangi
Te Pikikotuku o Ngāti Rongomai.