The time is nearing for the Aotearoa National Kapa Haka Competition over four days starting on February 20 through to February 24.

There are five Haka Groups from the regions of Ruatahuna, Ruatoki, Opotiki ana Te Kaha representing their people from the Mataatua District when they will perform their art skills derived from Raumati and her son Tanerore.

There are some in the Ruatoki Haka Group Te Karu who have yet to leave this area over the mountain ranges that separate coastal Maketu all the way to Tongariro Mountain.

Turuhira Hare said that some of those haka exponents are a bit shy and think the motel they are going to stay in belong to Kings and Queens.

Kei te taka mai te wa o te Whakataetae Kapa Haka Matatini o Aotearoa e timata ana a te rua tekau kia wha nga rangi ki te rua tekau ma whā o te marama o Huitanguru. E rima nga kapa haka no nga takiwa o Ruatahuna, Ruatoki, Opotiki me Te Kaha kei te piki turanga i nga iwi no roto o te rohe o Mataatua Waka hei whakaatu i o ratau pūkenga i ahu mai i a Raumati me tana tama me Tane-Rore. Tera etahi o nga kaiwhakataetae o Te Karu o Ruatoki kaore ano kia mahue i te kāinga i tuawhenua ki tua atu i nga pae maunga e wehe ana i nga rohe mai i Maketu ki Tongariro. Hoi ano nga korero a Turuhira Hare e mea ana he pohehe no etahi o āna tangata haka he mahi te motera mo nga Kingi me nga Kuini.