Meet the whānau - Passionate, feisty, hard-out Māori, the Tumoana whānau show us exactly what’s up over the next eight weeks as they take us on the exciting ride that is their life. Tahuri and Ana, with their daughters Makaira (18), Te Ua (12), Ngarangi (10) and whāngai Rēhia (19) are proud Māori Westies – keeping their culture alive in the city.
Play together, stay together - The whānau pack up and head to Lake Karāpiro where Tahuri, Makaira, Te Ua and Ngarangi will all race in the national waka ama competition. Ana’s the best cheerleader ever but how’s she going with that business of giving up smoking?
Ruatoki Revival – Tahuri takes the whānau back home to Ruatoki, the small Tūhoe settlement where he grew up. It’s a different pace of life here and there’s not a cell phone in sight. How will the girls cope with that – and eating lambs tails?
You’d never know! - Surprising details of Ana’s heritage are revealed, we meet her Mum and there’s a party where even juicier info about Tahuri and Ana are uncovered.
Naughty Forty – Tahuri turns 40 and the whānau have a couple of surprises in store for him. Not necessarily nice ones either. Makaira takes the first steps towards independence and gets some work experience. Rēhia tags along for support but it all gets a little bit freaky.
Two families, one girl – Makaira’s birth father Pip is an important influence in her life, as are her tuakana and tungāne from this side, Dwayne, Kym and Tamararo. We see another side of Makaira as her older brothers and sisters prepare her for a coming of age experience. Tahuri struggles with the Matatini haka routine – much to the amusement of some members of his whānau.
Absolutely Positively Wellington - Dad of Tahuri lives in Wellington and is a staunch Mormon, as are many of this side of his whānau. So when the Tumoana whānau go to Wellington for the netball tournament to support Te Ua, a catch-up is planned. Māori vs Mormon – the differences are obvious.
Doitz! Kapa haka is a passion in the Tumoana whānau. Life is an absolute chaotic mess of practices as they prepare for Matatini with Tahuri, Ana and Makaira attempting to make the cut for Ngā Tūmanako and Te Ua and Ngarangi doing the same with their school group, Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae, who are standing at Polyfest. Buckle up.