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POI Hopes & Dreams

POI - HOPES & DREAMS is a project to inspire, aspire and celebrate.  

These are inspirational stories that capture intimate moments of life through a mother's thoughts and observations of her child. Incorporating the visual beauty & symbolism of poi, it is an inspirational series of humanity. Poi is a taonga (gift), just like our children, and both need our guidance to fly. These exceptional women have unique stories that connect who they are, where they are from and what they hope for the future.

This is for every child who dreams of the world and every parent who hopes to give it to them.

Featuring Kura Te Waati, Precious Clark, Gabrielle Paringatai-Lemisio, Tiare Teinakore, Piata Waitai, Wikitoria Tuhakaraina-Simon, Anna Berry-Tumoana, Peata Melbourne, Ani Zhou & Pimia Wehi.


POI - Hopes & Dreams, Kura

Kura Te Waati (Te Aitangi-a-Māhaki, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri) is an exceptional performer for champion group Te Waka Huia with beautiful execution in the art of poi.

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Precious

Precious Clark (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hē, Waikato) is passionate about Māori development and sharing Māori culture on a global scale. Born into a time of land protests, she is an advocate for peoples' rights and has strong hopes for her daughters future.

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Gabrielle

For Gabrielle Paringatai-Lemisio (Ngā Ruahine, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine), time spent with family from the Patea Māori Club was one of many influences in her life.

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Tiare

Tiare Teinakore (Tainui, Ngāti Hauā, Aitutaki) is the kaitātaki wahine (female leader) of Waikato based group 'Te Iti Kahurangi'. Tiare is an exceptional performer, teacher and 'manukura wahine' (top female leader at Te Matatini 2013).

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Piata

Piata Waitai (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kuri) is a luminary performer for 'Tū te Manawa Maurea' on the East Coast. An exceptional poi exponent and creator with a signature style in body movement, her hopes and dreams for her daughter are based in potential.

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Wikitoria

Wikitoria Tuhakaraina-Simon (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Hauā, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tūhoe) is a poi exponent in Te Arawa and philosopher in creation based on 'Te Mauri o te Poi'.

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Anna

Anna Berry Tumoana (Pāniora, Kai Tahu, Te Kawerau a Maki) is a devoted wahine in the community of Hoani Waititi Marae and Auckland-based group 'Ngā Tumanako'.

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Anihera

Anihera Zhou (Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Apa, Ngā Ruahine) is a creative native who has crossed the Pacific Ocean as a voyager on traditional waka

POI - Hopes & Dreams, Pimia

Pimia Wehi (Te Whakatōhea, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tūhoe) continues the legacy left by her parents, kapahaka stahlwarts Ngāpō (Bub) and Pimia (Nan) Wehi.