A one hour reo Māori documentary series that showcases reo excellence, profiling native speakers from iwi of varying rohe, while sharing in true life accounts. Available On Demand.
Episode 1 - Justin Tipa
Hana Mereraiha travels to Moeraki to meet Justin Tipa who shares his knowledge about traditional Maori food sources and his passion for the revitalisation of the Māori language.
Episode 2 – Hana O`Regan
Hana Mereraiha travels to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to meet General Manager – Oranga, Dr Hana O’Regen who is responsible for leading the four key focus areas of education, employment, financial literacy and business creation.
Episode 3 – Te Rua Mason
Waipounamu Te Karu travels to Hokitika to meet Te Rua Mason of Arahura Marae who shares stories about Ngāti Waewae, Te Tai Poutini and his passion for the revitalisation of the Māori language and the tribal customs of his people.
Episode 4 – Karuna Thurlow
Waipounamu Te Karu travels to Spreydon in Christchurch to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi to meet educationalist Karuna Thurlow, a published author in the Māori language who shares her passion for Māori education and the revitalisation of the Māori language in her community.
Episode 5 – Te Marino Lenihan
Hana Mereraiha travels to central Christchurch to meet the new Māori Strategic Advisor at Ara Institute of Canterbury, Te Marino Lenihan who shares his vision to lift Māori student completion rates in tertiary education and ‘Whaka Inaka’, a Ngāi Tahu initiative for the long-term improvement in mahinga kai values for the area.
Episode 6 – Maatakiwi Wakefield
Hana Mereraiha Skerrett-White travels to Rapaki Marae to meet kapa haka enthusiast, weaver and librarian Maatakiwi Wakefield, who shares her passion for Māori performing arts and traditional weaving.
Episode 7 – Te Mairiki Williams
Hana Mereraiha Skerrett-White travels to Taumutu to Awhitu Estate to meet Te Mairiki Williams who shares his passion for the ancient art of mau rākau to carry traditional knowledge forward into the changing world.
Episode 8 - Mereana Moki Kiwa Hutchen
Waipounamu Te Karu travels to Addington in Christchurch to meet Mereana Moki Kiwa Hutchen, an advocate for Māori, women and children who received the Queen’s Service Medal for her services to the Canterbury region for more than 20 years.
Episode 9 – Kylie Nepia
Waipounamu Te Karu travels to Blenheim to meet Omaka Marae manager and cultural advisor for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Kylie Nepia who shares his passion for Māori tourism and the revitalisation of the Māori language in his community.
Episode 10 – Rita Powick
Waipounamu Te Karu travels to Picton to meet Waikawa Marae Trust chairwoman Rita Powick, who shares her knowledge about local food and Te Ati Awa history.
Episode 11 - Te Huaki Puanaki
Waipounamu Te Karu travels to Woolston to meet Christchurch’s own local Maori Language singer, musician and composer Te Huaki Puanaki who shares his passion for Music and Māori performing arts.
Episode 12 - Merita Waitoa- Paki
Hana Mereraiha Skerrett-White travels to Te Kura Whakapūmau i Te Reo Tūturu ki Waitaha to meet principal, Merita Waitoa- Paki, who shares her passion for working in Māori education and leading her kapahaka, ‘Ngā Manu a Tane’.
Episode 13 - Tahu Pōtiki
Hana Mereraiha Skerrett-White travels to Otepoti to meet Tahu Pōtiki, who shares his passion for Ngāi Tahu, their respective dialect and associated customs of Ngāi Tahu.