Waka Warriors is a 10 part adventure that follows the transformation of three rangatahi as they vie for a place on board a fleet of voyaging canoes sailing to the South Pacific.
AGE: 21 years
21-year-old Austin Bosh grew up in Wainui Bay in the North. He now lives in Auckland with his girlfriend Chloe. He left school young to enter the workforce. He now drives trucks delivering water in Auckland. When Austin was younger he used to belong to the local sailing club, where he showed great promise. Unfortunately the sport is an expensive one and with his father being a solo dad it was hard to keep it up. He has replaced his love for the ocean with a love for motorbikes. Austin is also a gun in the kitchen whipping up Asian Laksa’s with ease. Austin is keen to get his tickets to be able to travel the world working onboard super yachts.
AGE: 22 years
IWI: Ngāti Whātua / Ngāpuhi
Keanu is your typical 21-year-old guy. He loves surfing, pizza and “doing bombs at the wharf”. He’s into making music and has been writing and recording his own raps since he was 16. Through word of mouth he and a group of mates have performed at a few gigs together. Keanu listens to all genre of music but is particularly keen on reggae and NZ rap artists. He’s a good artist and his bedroom walls are adorned with his paintings. His inspiration comes from his Maori culture and he has sketchbooks full of drawings.
A couple of years ago he started to design and complete his own tattoo and Tā moko. They each have special meaning to him, including one which represents his guardians, Uetonga and Rongomai, captain of Keanu’s ancestral canoe Māhuhu.
AGE: 20 years
IWI: Ngāti Kahungunu / Ngāti Raukawa
Rickylee is a city girl with an urban sensibility – she loves makeup and getting dressed up and has spent the majority of her childhood in inner city Auckland. As a child she was always dancing whether it was ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop as well as kapa haka during her secondary schooling. At one stage she considered becoming a dancer. Rickylee has a part time working at a latin restaurant in Auckland City. She also has a job working with Potiki Adventures on Waiheke Island. To her surprise, she had a taste of early performing success securing the part of Chardonnay in the 2010 kiwi blockbuster film Boy.