In just over a year, Te Tira Haere o Rereahu Maniapoto have made an enormous impact on the kapa haka scene, and they were once again, a crowd favourite at this year’s Koroneihana Celebration of Kīngi Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII.
When the call was made last year for all of Rereahu Maniapoto whānau whānui to come together for tō tātou Kīngi, it was met with such response that the group continues to grow in size. And those who stand range from the very young to those who have experienced performing on stage many times before. Focusing on bringing together the wider iwi whānau for the support of the Kīngitanga and the love of whakangahau kapa haka, is what draws in members.
There is no restriction or criteria on joining, or whether one is a seasoned performed or new to kapa haka, the rōpu is becoming renowned for being a group that calls to the four corners of the tribe and everywhere in between.
Practising for months in the lead-up to each Koroneihana, the bracket consists of popular Rereahu Maniapoto waiata and haka. And it’s those “old-school favourites” which soon gets the crowd up on their feet joining in, with the media taking a keen interest in the rōpu. Having featured on national Māori television last year and being showcased on ‘Kīngitanga LIVE’ this year, their popularity certainly precedes them.
At this year’s Koroneihana, the iwi was certainly well represented with Te Waikowharawhara taking to the stage immediately beforehand and then followed by Te Tira Haere o Rereahu Maniapoto filling the stage of Kimiora with the biggest group of the night.
A job was well done and another year over which the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board has been proud to support alongside the Haereiti whānau who have made specific resources and transport available for this rōpu to travel and represent everyone that is Rereahu Maniapoto.
“Ā muri kia mau ki tēnā kia mau ki te kāwau maaro whanake ake, whanake ake”