About Us

About Us

Te Wehi Haka is committed to providing our audience with a professional, unique and authentic Kapa Haka experience while upholding the values and tikanga of our heritage and ensuring cultural integrity. 

The cast of Te Wehi Haka derives from New Zealand’s most successful Kapa Haka troupe, Te Waka Huia. Te Waka Huia is a pan-tribal Kapa Haka that has established itself as one of Aotearoa’s premier performing arts teams.

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Who We Are

Te Wehi Haka is the fresh new look Māori performing arts troupe directed and managed by successful Kapa Haka leaders, Tāpeta and Annette Wehi.

Tapeta and Annette are the leaders of Te Waka Huia, one of New Zealand’s most recognised and premier kapa haka teams. They have led teams internationally on many occasions and showcased Maori culture to the world.

The vision of Te Wehi Haka is to take Haka to the world.

Our Story

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Te Wehi Haka is a progressive Māori performing arts troupe directed and managed by successful Kapa Haka leaders, Tāpeta and Annette Wehi.

Drawing from the passion and energy of a new generation and their experience in the Māori performing arts industry, Auckland-based Te Wehi Haka delivers professional, purposeful and defining cultural experiences custom-designed for any event. 

Kapa Haka is a performing art unique to Aotearoa, New Zealand and a proven and successful platform that materially assists the retention of Māori culture and language. 

Haka is synonymous with Aotearoa, New Zealand. Through the mighty All Blacks and international tourism, Haka attracts people from all over the world, inspiring them to be part of and learn more about our culture.

Te Wehi Haka offers services that are authentic and unique to who we are. Our tailor-made shows and performances will elevate your event and inspire your audience. Among our most popular services are the Haka Powhiri performance and Haka workshops.

Over the past 30 years, we’ve had the privilege of travelling to almost every continent on the globe. At every international stop, we have left an imprint of Māoritanga, a proud message from Aotearoa.

The cast of Te Wehi Haka derives from New Zealand’s most successful Kapa Haka troupe, Te Waka Huia. Te Waka Huia is a pan-tribal Kapa Haka that has established itself as one of Aotearoa’s premier performing arts teams.

At the Te Matatini festival every two years, the best Kapa Haka troupes gather to compete for the crown of national Kapa Haka champions. In 2013, Te Waka Huia won the title for the 5th time, setting a new festival record, having won previously in 1986, 1992, 1994 and 2009.

Our Leaders

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Tapeta Wehi

Tapeta has had an extensive career teaching, composing, choreographing and performing traditional Māori Performing Arts in New Zealand and internationally.

Currently, Tapeta is in his 6th year as a senior lecturer of Māori Performing Arts at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Tapeta bases his research on traditional haka and mōteatea compositions, focusing on current compositions’ role in social, political and cultural redress.

Tapeta composes haka, poi and a variety of waiata for traditional Māori performing arts festivals and competitions. He choreographs work for national competitions and international events. He teaches teams ranging from six performers to competitive groups of 40 and up to 200 performers.

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Annette Wehi

Annette is a Programme Developer at Indigenous University Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in New Zealand where her passion is to recognise the potential in Māori as they strive towards excellence in Māori performing arts.

As a Board Member of Te Matatini the national organisation responsible for the traditional Māori performing arts.

During the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, in the role of Artistic Director, Annette co-created Arohanui – The Greatest Love for the Real New Zealand Festival.

In 2007, Annette won the University of Auckland’s Mira Szaszy Award for Māori Business Leadership and in 2013 Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi’s CEO’s award for Innovation and Cultural Leadership.

“I wanted to take this time to properly connect, the USANA family felt the aroha that’s for sure and that’s exactly what I had hoped for too! Some cried, many got emotional and some blown away literally!The emotions that were spoken forward were a connection hundreds if not all, hadn’t felt in a very long time and ignited a ripple effect of hope and a sense of belonging too! Thank you very much.”

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Simone Edwards

USANA Health Sciences (NZ) Corporation

“I wanted to take this time to properly connect, the USANA family felt the aroha that’s for sure and that’s exactly what I had hoped for too! Some cried, many got emotional and some blown away literally!The emotions that were spoken forward were a connection hundreds if not all, hadn’t felt in a very long time and ignited a ripple effect of hope and a sense of belonging too! Thank you very much.”

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Simone Edwards

USANA Health Sciences (NZ) Corporation

“I wanted to take this time to properly connect, the USANA family felt the aroha that’s for sure and that’s exactly what I had hoped for too! Some cried, many got emotional and some blown away literally!The emotions that were spoken forward were a connection hundreds if not all, hadn’t felt in a very long time and ignited a ripple effect of hope and a sense of belonging too! Thank you very much.”

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Simone Edwards

USANA Health Sciences (NZ) Corporation

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Through the power of performing arts, we will elevate your event and powerfully define its purpose. Call us today to discuss your vision.