Waikato kapa haka groups represented the region with pride after placing in most of the categories at the biennial national championships, Te Matatini, yesterday.
Te Iti Kahurangi was the standout performer and hot favourite but was pipped for the title by Waka Huia.
Te Iti Kahurangi came third equal overall but placed in seven categories including best waiata and group member Tiare Kata Teinakore taking out best female leader.
The other Waikato group, Te Pou o Mangatawhiri, also performed well and placed in five categories including third in best poi and winning best haka composition.
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