Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together

“Haramai tiki kapakapa, haramai tiki ngāherehere ki te pae o Tāne whakapiripiri”

Maximising the relationship between whānau, hapū and marae are at the forefront of Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival. The participation within the iwi is not defined by the competition and kapa haka. Instead the cultural festival is designed to create an environment that has learning as a primary focus which fosters collaboration between whānau and the expertise of individual hapū, marae, and kura.

Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival is an example of revitalising and retaining the language, stories, songs and history of Maniapoto. This is evident through the display of aggregate categories that contain Karanga, Mōteatea, Haka Pōwhiri, and Whāikōrero which includes the newly added tauparapara/whakaaraara.


Another refreshing aspect was the long line of vastly experienced judges who included new additions such as Niketi Toataua, Tupoutahi Winitana, Trent Marsh, Kiri Muntz, Rangitepo Whatarangi-Cassidy, Te Awarahi Whanga, Teiria Davis, Wikitoria Rakuraku and Manawanui Mihaere. With the talented judges ready at sunrise, they took their chance and gave an inviting performance at the beginning of the day instead of the routine prize giving waiata.

Maniapoto values were demonstrated throughout the day with aroha, manaakitanga, and kotahitanga. Rangatahi fundraised for the purposes of travelling to Australia to  increase their indigenous mātauranga and experience later in the year. Another was the supportive atmosphere which saw our elder’s incredible ability to give all their attention to those who took to the stage.

A remarkable day to say the least as the festival revealed new back-drops that represented this year’s theme of Hiaroa, our tupuna who possessed the manu mauri. This was made possible with the efforts of MFM and kapa haka roopu in the karanga pakeke category who gave expressive and invigorating speeches about topical issues and identity.

However, competitions will always remain competitive no matter what iwi you go to, and this year Ngā Marae o Maniapoto ki te Tonga were announced as 1st place in the karanga pakeke category, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto won the karanga rangatahi, and Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Pōtiki) won the karanga tamariki.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is excited to see the new theme for next year which will relate to Te Ara o Tūrongo. The top results can be viewed below.


Karanga Rangatahi

1st place = Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Mātāmua)


Karanga Tamariki

1st Place = Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Pōtiki)

2nd Place = Te Tira Haka o Te Kura Rautau

3rd Plaace = Te Kura Tuatahi o Aaria


Karanga Pakeke

1st Place = Ngā Marae o Maniapoto ki Te Tonga

2nd Place = Te Kapa Haka o Ngā Pua o te Kōwhara

3rd Place = Maniapoto ki Tamaki