Mahi Pai 2

Join Te Ataakura Pewhairangi and 6 colourful taniwha. Children explore through waiata and active play while combining Te Reo Māori and New Zealand sign language into pure unbridled fun! Wednesdays & Fridays, 6.40am. Repeats same day at 3.15pm.

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Meet the taniwha


Kamaka is a haka and mau rākau expert! He is a strong and confident leader. He is both chiefly and humble. Kamaka is the biggest and the strongest taniwha! He loves hunting, fishing and rugby.

"Kia Kaha - Be strong in everything you do, haka hard and haka tall and most importantly never give up!”


Kori is a champion sporty taniwha, he is a all-rounder achiever! He's the best at any sport you name it! He loves being fit and healthy, while helping others to be healthy and active too! He's fast and he's a pretty cool taniwha. His favorite fitness activities are aerobics, basketball and ki-o-rahi!

"Mahi Kaha, Tākaro Kaha - Work Hard, Play Hard. Keep active and involved"


Kaitiaki is a thriving environmentalist. She is a guardian and caretaker who looks after the land, sea and her home the river! She loves beautiful things and taking care of people and all treasures of nature.

"Ka whakapai, kia tiaki - Don't litter! be a tidy Kiwi and try your best to keep our land and waterways beautiful, while saying their beautiful place names properly"


Waiata is a talented musician and singer who loves expressing herself. She is confident, quirky and is a kapa haka Queen! She is the best dancer! Her favorite style of dancing is Latin, ballet and line dancing!

"Kia māia - Be confident and express your talents, singing is a great way to learn Te Reo māori"


Aroha is kind and caring with a loving heart! She is always positive, happy and cheerful! Aroha is out-going and loves making new friends! She loves helping and encouraging others to be their best!

"Tiaki tētahi i tētahi - Be strong and help each other out, you can even teach to Korero māori!"


Ihi is the potiki taniwha, the youngest of them all! He is a superhero who uses supernatural powers to save the day! Ihi is exciting and enjoys action-packed adventures. His favorite things to do are skateboarding, DJ mixing and being a rap artist! 

"Ka mau te ihi - Be exciting and super in everything you do"