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Introducing Mentors for The Kapa.

Rob Ruha
...has been doing kapa haka since he can remember. Rob was brought up on his whānau papakainga in Wharekahika with aunties, uncles and first cousins whom he now performs with in Te Whānau a Apanui.  A highlight of his haka career was joining Waihīrere Māori Club.  Although he was only there for two years, Rob learnt so much about how to be successful in haka competitions and was exposed to teachings by the best in the business that influence how he teaches haka today. 

Dan Vaka
...has been involved with kapa haka ever since birth. Dan believes he came out of the womb wearing a piupiu. For most of his life Dan has performed with Ngāti Rangiwewehi, but he performed briefly for Waihirere, who is his wife’s whānau. Dan performed with Waihirere when they won the 2002 national championships in Auckland.  Currently the tutor and male leader for Ngāti Rangiwewehi. Dan loves kapa haka because he is proud to be able to show our culture to the world.

Puka Moeau
Puka has enjoyed national success and international exposure as a kapa haka performer, leader and ambassador in more than 14 different countries. His leadership of Rangimārie is further testament of his ability to make his visions become reality.  With a background in Law, Marketing, Management, Leadership, Māori lore and performing arts, Puka has an exceptional ability to think critically and analytically on a global scale. 

Kahurangi Maxwell
Her parents were the leaders of Ngāti Rangiwewehi for over 30 years, so the group played a huge part in the kapa haka life of Kahurangi.  She is in her whānau kapa, Ngā Uri o Te Whanoa as one of the tutors and female leaders. Her schooling kapa haka history is with Western Heights High School-Te Roopu Manaaki. Currently a lecturer for the Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Tiria Te Kurapa (Rongowhakaata,Tuhoe)
Kapa haka has been immanent in her upbringing. Fortunate to have been nurtured in an environment strong in kapa haka history, under the guidance of her uncle and aunty, George and Tangiwai Ria, tutors of Waihirere.  As a young enthusiastic adult Tiria joined Te Waka Huia after the 2000 Nationals, eager to absorb the teachings of the late Aunty Nen (Pimia Wehi), and legendary Koro Bub (Ngapo Wehi. Since 2008, she has been a member of Tū Te Manawa Maurea. 

Tuirina Wehi
Tuirina was born into Kapa Haka and has composed, tutored and choreographed for Te Manu Huia since 2005. She performed in the stage production of The Whale Rider, was a performer, aerialist and script editor for Māui: One Man Against The Gods and also performed in the theatre production Arohanui: The Greatest Love where one of her compositions 'Waerenga-a-Hika' featured. She has also toured Europe performing for MAU Dance Company in Birds with Skymirrors.