TUHINGAMATA – (pronounced as too-he-nar-martar) meaning to stand, or fight, the faces that fell, “stand and fight to the end,” is the name of our performing group. A group can consist of four to twelve members who are affiliated to the local Māori tribe of Ngāti Tuwharetoa. This name, Tuhingamata, refers to an ancient battle site of those that stood, fought and fell at the scoria hills behind the Rangatira blocks of Acacia Bay in Taupo. Our costumes depict the colours of the rahoto (red scoria); tuhua (black obsidian) found in our region of Lake Taupo and like that of the scoria and obsidian, we are also referred to as “locals”.

The Haka Shop is a whanau (family) based business, who is immersed in tikanga (Māori values) such as manaakitanga (hospitality), whanaungatanga (relationships) kaitiakitanga (guardianship).  We are proud of our culture and proud to share with those who wish to be enlightened by our customs and traditions. Our company has knowledge, skills and experience that span from Te Reo Māori (Māori language), protocols, local history and whakapapa (Genealogy) to traditional resourcing. 

Department of Conservation Approved 


Company Directors:

Geoff (Snow) Rameka – Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa, Tainui.

Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts
Tongariro Taupō Conservation Board Member
Outdoor Instructor, Guide
Kaihautu- Hoe Waka
Iwi/Hapu Representative Ngati Tuwharetoa

Dinny B Haumoana Snowdon-Rameka – Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhoe, Ngati Whaatua

NZdip Business Administration
Business Management
Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts
Traditional and Contemporary Weaver/Artist

Kapahaka Roopu Affiliation

Waiora Ano 2016
Tuhingamata 2016
Te Awhiorangi 2008-2016
Tuwharetoa 2011-2013
Rongomaihuia 2007-2009
Ngati Ranginui- Tauranga Moana 2005