Children are much harsher critics than adults, according to Nepia Takuira-Mita. "They will tell you how it really is. They will say, what was that?" he says with a slight chuckle.
That’s the experience of the actor and performer, but he takes it on the chin because he enjoys what he does. As a graduate of South Seas Film and TV School, Nepia initally wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and get a career in the army.
Today, Nepia is a performer with Te Rakau Trust, and is part of the Rotorua Kapahaka group, Te Pikikotuku o Rongomai.
He talks about his role in the play Ngunguru I te ao, I te po, the use of te reo Māori and why language is no barrier if the story can be told well.
Photo courtesy of Capital E.
Choreographer and Dancer Te Arahi Easton. Photo courtesy of Capital E.
Wellington school kids and Nepia Takuira-Mita at Te Papa Tongarewa.