Hātea was formed in 2000 by the whānau of Pēhiāweri Marae. The membership is drawn from the whānau of the marae and extends to others who reside in Whangārei as well as from Auckland and further afield.
Hātea is focused on maintaining and upholding Ngā mahi ā Te Rēhia me Tānerore and strives to contribute to the excellence of Māori performing arts.
Highlights for the roopu have included representing Tai Tokerau at Te Matatini in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Hātea won Te Taonga ā Te Rōpū Waiata Māori o Aotearoa for the best Waiata-Tira (choral) performance at Te Matatini 2013, taking it out for a third time having won in 2007 and 2011. Hātea will again represent Tai Tokerau at Te Matatini ki Te Ao 2019 in Wellington.
Regular performances at Waitangi Day Celebrations, Te Koroneihana, Iwi and community events are an opportunity for Hātea to share their whakaaro and culture.
The development of original compositions has provided Hātea the vehicle to propagate their whakaaro on topical issues and capture for posterity the feats and qualities of Iwi and whanau identities.
Hātea members direct and are apart of the current Super 12 kapa haka champions “Whangārei mai Tawhiti” winning in the years 2012,2013 and 2014 & 2015.
Kapa Haka is a positive kaupapa for the whānau of Hātea Kapa Haka –, this kaupapa is by design a continuous development for the whole whanau that encourages participation by all, irrespective of age, gender or ability.
Parihaka te maunga
Hātea te awa
Pēhiāweri te marae
Ngāti Hau te hapū
Kahukuri te tangata
Ngāpuhi te Iwi.
Hātea is tutored by Pauline, Joby, Otene and Marcia Hopa together with choral master arranger David Tapene.