A haka stalwart has been remembered onstage at the biggest Polynesian festival in the world. Damon Heke passed away last year after a long battle with cancer, and his son Rehia Henare-Heke continued his legacy on the Māori stage with a performance that moved the crowds.
Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-a-Apanui
Taroi Black has been a journalist for nine years. He started his career with Te Kāea as a sports reporter in 2006, and by 2010, had merged into covering general news stories. Taroi also directed the 13-part documentary series, Poutiriao, which profiled the unique stories of Māori tribal and regional guardians. He has worked as a radio announcer for Sun FM 106.5 in Whakatāne and as a passionate netball player and enthusiast, commentating alongside former Silver Fern, Jenny-May Coffin, for the 2014 ANZ Championships which has been a major career highlight for Taroi.
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