Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau - Te Waipounamu

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.

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Hana Mereraiha is of Ngāi Tahu, Tainui, Te Arawa and Taranaki descent with whakapapa links to Murihiku, Ōtākou, Koukourārata and Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Māui in Te Waipounamu.

She is currently undergoing her post-graduate studies at The University of Canterbury in the field of ethno-linguistics. 

Hana is a fluent speaker of te reo Māori and has a passion for mātauranga, tikanga ā-iwi and whakapapa. She also loves to travel, meet new people, explore new territories, cultures and speaks Spanish as a third language. Her inquisitive nature andpassion for learning will help to reveal the stories and cultural practices of the people of Te Waipounamu.

Waipounamu Te Karu.  Born and bred in Ōtautahi, I whakapapa to the Hapū of Ngāi Tūāhuriri of Ngāi Tahu decent and also have links to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Muaupoko and Tūhoe.

I love to entertain people since I was a young girl and that has evolved into my passion for Kapa Haka which I have been performing on a senior level for 11 years, standing at multiple Regional and Matatini Festivals.

I've spent ten years with Te Ahikaaroa and the past year with Te Poutūmārō based in Christchurch who have also qualified for next year’s Matatini Competitions being held in Wellington.

In 2012 i started working as a radio announcer for Tahu FM, the only Iwi Māori Radio Station in Te Waipounamu.

I’m very passionate about my job as I get to promote Te Reo Māori, Ngāi Tahutanga and listen to music…. Everyday!