On Saturday 23rd of April 2016, Te Tairāwhiti held their Kapa Haka Regional Competition Tamararo at Houhoupiko. 18 kapa competed for one of the 5 qualifying spots for Te Matatini 2017.
The following 5 teams qualified for Te Matatini 2017 in Ngāti Kahungunu:
Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti
Te Aroha Paenga
Willie Te Aho
Tū Te Manawa Maurea
Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki Ūawa