Waihirere of Te Tairawhiti performs at the 5th New Zealand Polynesian Festival, held in the Lower Hutt Town Hall, 1979.
Waihirere emerged as the winner of the Festival, the first group to win it twice (they previously won the inaugural festival, held at Rotorua in 1972).
- Choral item
- Whaikōrero (Ngapo Wehi)
- Whakaeke: Tumaramara
- Waiata Tawhito: Ko Turanga Wahine
- Poi: Kua rongo taku Poi
- Action song: E te Whanganui-a -Tara e....maranga mai ra
- Haka: Ka Panapana
- Haka Taparahi: Kua puta te karanga a te Whanganui-a -Tara. [This is the researcher's approximation of the first line]