They were part of the crew that paddled the 20 waka into the harbour and performed a haka at Queens Wharf.
They had finished their performance and were making their way towards the Hilton Hotel when the large group was separated by a wave of people pushing and running.
The men of the group tried to protect the women and elders and formed a guard by linking their paddles together.
Bottles were being thrown and some of the young women in the group were knocked to the ground.
Binny McGee-Repia, 14, from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Puau Te Moananui A Kiwa in Glen Innes, was taken to Auckland City Hospital after the ordeal along with four other girls.
”All I remember was getting pushed back and hit in the head.”
Binny had a CAT scan which found no head injuries and was lucky to escape with bumps and bruises. One girl was treated for shock and another for a broken rib.
Group co-ordinator Niki Tauhara is angry at how the performers were looked after.
No police or security were sent to help us. I had 147 [performers] I was caring for and my only concern was that they get back to the hotel safely. Our group had to fend for themselves out there.”