Te Huarahi is the national Māori body elected on an iwi geographical basis by Māori members of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association/Te Wehengarua (PPTA). Te Huarahi has responsibility for making decisions which impact on Māori members.
As well as running this event and organising the Ngā Manu Kōrero and Kapa Haka contests, Te Huarahi has been politically active, especially in the campaign against charter schools. Te Huarahi worked with Komiti Pasifika to organise a seminar for Māori and Pasifika teachers in South Auckland at which members discussed the risks posed by charter schools to schools and their communities. As well as lobbying the Maori Party in an attempt to get it to change its stance on charter schools, Te Huarahi made its own submission opposing the bill. While this was well-received by the Select Committee, regrettably, it made no difference to the outcome.
Te Huarahi has also reviewed the roles and responsibilities of the Ngā Kapa Haka Tuarua o Aotearoa National Committee so it can perform its tasks more effectively, has conducted a scoping exercise to assess levels of support for a national association of Te Reo Māori teachers and has actively supported Māori members by attending their local events and meetings.