45 teams representing the best kapa haka from New Zealand and Australia competed to become the new Toa Whakaihuwaka and win the title of national kapa haka champion.

The competition was held over four days and is the culmination of years of passionate commitment, dedication and hard work for thousands of kapa haka performers, their families and supporters.

The competition was split into three pools, Te Ihu, Te Haumi and Te Kei. The three teams with the highest combined marks from each pool competed in the competition finals. The nine finalists were then judged afresh to determine the new Toa Whakaihuwaka – overall aggregate winner.

RESULTS

Waiata Tira: Ōpōtiki mai Tawhiti
Kaitataki Wahine: Te Mātārae-i-Ōrehu
Kaitataki Tane: Ōpōtiki mai Tawhiti
Kakahu: Te Mātārae-i-Ōrehu
Poi: Ōpōtiki mai Tawhiti
Haka: Whānau a Apanui
Waiata A Ringa: Ōpōtiki mai Tawhiti
Waiata Hou: Opotiki Mai Tawhiti

Aggregate POINTS: 1st Placers
Whakaeke: Waihirere
Mōteatea: Te Whānau a Apanui
Waiata A Ringa: Ōpōtiki mai Tawhiti
Poi: Te Whanau a Apanui
Haka: Waihirere
Wātea: Te Iti Kahurangi

WINNING PLACINGS (second equal)
Ōpōtiki mai Tawhiti me Te Mātārae-i-Ōrehu

2015 TE MATATINI WINNERS: Te Whanau a Apanui