Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tūhoe
Tiria Waitai is a stand out performer, nurtured in a strong kapahaka environment under the early guidance of her whanaunga and Waihirere tutors George and Tangiwai Ria. She continued her learning under Te Waka Huia tutors Ngapo and Pimia Wehi and has returned to that group after a long stint in Te Tai Rāwhiti with Tū Te Manawa Maurea. She has a striking style and unique ability to connect and express a story through poi. Her commitment to education and sharing knowledge for future generations is seen in her mahi as a Learning Facilitator at Te Tai Wānanga.