Motai Tangata Rau


Tainui’s best battle for Te Matatini 2017 qualification –

Defending regional champions Mōtai Tangata Rau started their performance with an item referring to an historic event where beheaded warriors were placed around Taupiri Maunga.

“Our entry is about a well-known battle within Waikato involving Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Raukawa.” Paraone says while some Māori may be reluctant to see stories told in this manner,  they need to be told.“That’s history, that’s where we come from, those are our stories that’s why we’ve brought a head on stage and I have no doubt there’ll be some who were surprised to see a head like that on stage’”.

2016 Tainui Regionals – video of the performance