Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru was founded by the late Poi Haututu Pue in June 2002.
Based in Whaitara, the group was first set up to retain te reo Māori and its customs, and to teach and recite the whakapapa of their tribal connections to Taranaki and the history of Parkihaka.
All of which is done under the teachings and guidance of their spiritual leaders, Tohu Kākahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai.
By adhering to their philosophies and teachings, it has encouraged the group to support community initiatives within the iwi, hapū and whānau, hence forming the foundation of Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru.
In 2009, the dream of performing at Te Matatini was fulfilled, and they've since have learnt that kapa haka is more than representing the Maunga and kaupapa Māori, it is a lifestyle, whether marae-based, on the stage or elsewhere.
Today, with heartfelt respect, the group honours those who've passed away throughout the region, and especially those from their wider Ngā Purapura whānau.
Their leaders are Aroha Broughton-Pue and Tony Pue, and the group is tutored by Tamzyn and Tony Pue.