November 21, 2023
Tamararo brings together iwi for kapa
Te Tai Rāwhiti has come together for the country’s longest-running regional kapa haka competition.
Tamararo started in 1952 as a fundraising event for the Māori Anglican church across the East Coast, with the first competition held the next year.
Its premier trophy is named after Karaitiana Tamararo, a renowned tupuna a contributor to Tā Apirana Ngata’s collection Nga Mōteatea.
Tairawhiti Cultural Trust chair Māui Tangohau says iwi from around the motu came to tautoko last weekend’s event.
“We had 20 roopu take the stage over the weekend and a packed house. We were complemented by our tuakana from Te Whānau ā Apanui and also our relations from Te Whakatōhea who came to support the kaupapa,” he says
Māui Tangohau says the two days were hugely memorable for what was a non-competition year.