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Sunday 1 March 2015, with Maraea Rakuraku & Justine Murray

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Whakatāuki for 1 o Poutū te Rangi (March) 2015

Kia Kawea tātou e te rēhia

Let us enjoy the spirit of entertainment


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Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua

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John Waaka and Mahora Wiston at their offices at Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua. Photo: RNZ/Te Ahi Kaa.

Brother and Sister John Waaka and Mahora Wiston remember the dilemma their father Kuru Waaka (1914 – 1996) faced when he was approached by Pakake Leonard to help establish the Whakarewarewa Village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), Rotorua.

He had ten kids to consider and a decent job that he would have to give up.

After many debates at the dinner table with his wife, he took a risk, left his job and began to assisted Pakeke Leonard. Both men faced challenges in running the business that was famous for its guided tours.

The siblings talk about the entrepreneurship demonstrated by their father and Pakake Leonard.

Over time, NZMACI would operate as a separate entity to the Whakarewarewa Village, and be re-branded as Te Puia.

Justine Murray sits down with John Waaka and Mahora Wiston who give an account of their fathers work from the early 1960s.


Rowley Habib - Māori Writer

Māori Writer Rowley Habib held down a number of manual jobs before he considered writing as a serious career. His peers noticed his flair for writing and hard-hitting dialogue. In the late 1970’s Rowley wrote The Gathering, a first for a māori writer to have work adapted to a television drama. He talks about growing up in Oruanui, his favourite literature and how he realised he wanted to be a writer at 19 years old. 


Ngā Tāonga Kōrero - Te Waka Huia

Christchurch is set to host the 2015 Te Matatini National Performing Arts Festival.

Performers from forty-five kapa haka groups will attend the event at Hagley Park from Thursday, 5th March.

In this archival recording from 1986, Henare Te Ua (1933 - 2007) presents coverage of the eighth festival - the last time Otautahi (Christchurch) hosted Te Matatini National Performing Arts Festival.

The programme features waiata from the winning group, Te Waka Huia.


Archival audio supplied by Ngā Tāonga Kōrero.

Waiata featured: 'The Son’ performed by Dam Native from the EP The Son – Dam Native feat.Che Fu (1997).