Te Roopū Manutaki
Te Roopū Manutaki was created by Dr. Pita Sharples in 1968 in the suburb of Te Atatū in the heart of west Auckland, a destination for many Māori whānau during the urban drift period, many of whom were proactive in creating Māori initiatives within the community.
Manutaki is based at Hoani Waititi Marae and has been associated with the Marae since inception in 1980, assisting with marae activities along with Te Rautahi, Ngā Tūmanako as well as kapahaka groups from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori and Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi.
Excluding 2013, Manutaki has represented Auckland at every Polynesian Festival, ATMPAS and Te Matatini Festival since the national Kapahaka competition began in 1972. Manutaki has won the nationals on 2 occassions.
Manutaki has toured extensively overseas representing Aotearoa and promoting Māori weaponry and traditional Māori performing arts to the world.