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.