The five-times winner of the national kapa haka championships has failed to make this year's final.
When the nine finalists were announced at Te Matatini last night, the crowd at Wellington's Westpac Stadium were shocked to hear Te Waka Huia hadn't made it.
However, the reigning champions, Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti, are through to today's final, as are the Tainui group Mōtai Tangata Rau and Te Arawa group Te Pikikotuku o Ngati Rongomai for the first time.
After all nine groups have performed again for the judges, the winner will be announced this afternoon.
Meanwhile the rain has set in at Te Matatini. Thousands have still arrived to watch the top nine groups performing in the finals today, though organisers are advising people to bring plenty of warm clothes.
Kapa Haka finalists in order of performance:
- 8.40am - Te Mātārae I Ōrehu
- 9.17am - Mōtai Tangata Rau
- 9.54am - Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui
- 10.44 - Ngā Tūmanako
- 11.21am - Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao
- 11.58am - Te Pou o Mangatāwhiri
- 1.13pm - Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti
- 1.50pm - Te Iti Kahurangi
- 2.27pm - Piki Kōtuku