Waka Huia

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Episode guide - Waka Huia

Episode guide of Waka Huia.

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Ep 1: Te Riaki

Profile of Kaumatua Te Riaki Amoamo who grew up in the eastern Bay of Plenty and as a member of the Te Whakatohea Trust Board researched the history of the area including the confiscation of ancestral land by the Crown after the death of missionary Carl Volkner.

Ep 2: Aroha Yates-Smith

Profiling academic Aroha Yates-Smith who taught the Māori language and rediscovered female deities in Māori spirituality.

Ep 3: Ron Tahi

Ngāi Tūhoe Kaumatua Ron Tahi has dedicated his life to Ohaua Marae in the heart of Te Urewera, Ruatahuna, having been placed there as a baby by his whānau.

Ep 4: Karl Leonard

Te Arawa weaver, Karl Leonard, has challenged gender stereotypes to become one of New Zealand's finest weavers.

Ep 5: Wartime Songs
(1 hour special)

One hour Anzac special looking at Māori wartime songs, a significant part of New Zealand history that have passed from generation to generation and are still being sung today.

Ep 6: Emma Gibbs-Smith

Profile of Te Tii Waitangi Marae Trust Chairperson Emma Gibbs-Smith who talks about being adopted as a baby to grow up in the Māori world, her family life and involvement in cleaning up Waitangi's polluted waterways and marine environment.

Ep 7: David Murray

A profile of Matakana Island landowner David Te Aho Te Rangi Murray who reveals the big issues facing Māori land ownership on the island over the years and the development threats to his community.

Ep 8: Nora Rameka

Profile of Northland iwi leader Nora Rameka, a fearless guardian for the Bay of Islands hapu of Ngāti Rehia.

Ep 9: Taa Hemi Henare

A look back at the life of the late Lieutenant Colonel Sir James Henare, through the recollections of his twin grandsons, Peeni and Tatai Henare.

Ep 10: Reverend John Marsden

A profile of Reverend John Marsden, whose varied careers in finance and education led him to become an Anglican minister.

Ep 11: The Wrights

Profile of Renee and Rawiri Wright who have dedicated their lives to the Kura Kaupapa Movement (Māori language immersion schools) and their commitment to raising a Reo Māori speaking family.

Ep 12: Mere Broughton

A profile of Taranaki Kaumatua Mere Broughton who has fought spiritedly for issues affecting her family (whānau) and all Māori.

Ep 13: Joe Glen

A profile of former Te Karere reporter, Joe Glen, his service overseas in the New Zealand Army and Air Force, his years working for TVNZ, and his new roles working for New Zealand First, and as a grandparent.

Ep 14: Rangikotuku Rukuwai

Rangikotuku Rukuwai, great grandson and oldest surviving relative of pacifist and spiritual leader Te Whiti O Rongomai, has returned to live in the settlement of Parihaka in Taranaki to teach his people about their whakapapa.

Ep 15: Chris Lowman

Te Reo Māori teacher Chris Lowman arrived from England in the 1960s and has become a passionate exponent of teaching the Māori language to all New Zealanders.

Ep 16: Anaru Kupenga

Ngāti Maui tribal master, Anaru Kupenga, who descends from Maui-Tikitiki-A-Taranga, holds the tribal knowledge of his people and revolutionary theories about Māori ancestry.

Ep 17: Ngahuia Dixon

Profile of academic Ngāhuia Dixon, who had her marriage arranged when she was a teenager, as she reveals why water is her fount of knowledge and how true love found her.

Ep 18: Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Special
(1 hour special)

A special programme celebrating 50 years of the National Secondary Schools Māori Speech Competition, Ngā Manu Kōrero, looking at six past winners of the Pei Te Hurinui Jones trophy, and where they are now.

Ep 19: Pepe Macdougall

A profile of Ngai Tūhoe kuia Pepe MacDougall, the eldest, living woman in Ruatoki Valley, Bay of Plenty, as she discusses the politics of land, life and the enduring importance of the women of Tūhoe.

Ep 20: Piri Sciascia

A profile of Victoria University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Piri Sciascia, of Italian and Māori descent, who has held many diverse positions in his career, from the Department of Conservation to Te Mangai Paho, but who treasures above all his role as matua to his whānau.

Ep 21: Rawinia Te Kani

A look at Rawinia and Tokorua Te Kani, the dynamic duo from Te Tairawhiti who shared their own legacy of history and culture with the Gisborne community, through the eyes of their grandchildren.

Ep 22: Jimmy Clair

A look at Raukawa Kaumatua Jimmy Clair, avid hunter and follower of the Ratana faith, as he visits his ancestral land at Te Poi in the foothills of the Kaimai Ranges, GVs farmland and Kaimai Ranges, Te Poi, Waikato.

Ep 23: Kirimaaku Kihi

A profile of Tainui kuia and kapa haka tutor Kirimaaku Kihi, who is passing on her performing arts knowledge to the children and young people of Tainui.

Ep 24: Peraniko Bird

A look at respected Ngāti Manawa Kaumatua Pem Bird, Māori education pioneer, former Māori Party president, and current principal of New Zealand s first Designated Character Iwi/ Tribal School Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau, Murupara.

Ep 25: Rapata Kopae

A look at Ngāti Awa elder Rapata Kopae, who is kaitiaki of Ngāti Pukeko and Ngāti Rangataua Marae, Moutohora (Whale Island), and the controversial wahi tapu Opihi Whanaungakore Urupa which Whakatane District Council plans to dredge for a luxury marina development.

Ep 26: Rangikapiua Laskey

A profile of Rangi Laskey, matriarch, tutor and kaiako of Hineteiwaiwa Te Kohanga Reo at the University of Auckland.

Ep 27: Mita Mohi

A profile of Ngāti Rangiwewehi Kaumatua Mita Mohi who established one of the leading Māori martial arts training programmes on Mokoia Island in Rotorua reviving the art of traditional Māori weaponry.

Ep 28: Awi Riddell

A profile of Te Aorere Awi Riddell who has devoted 50 years of his life to the education of young Māori minds.

Ep 29: Hihipera Williams

A profile of Te Whakatohea kuia Hohipera Williams who is a guardian of the Ringatu faith.

Ep 30: Hare Paniora

A look at Ngāpuhi elder Hare Paniora who is the Pae Arahi (cultural adviser) at Unitec in Auckland.

Ep 31: Cliff Whiting

A subtitled version of a Te Reo Māori documentary programme looking at Māori personalities, communities, history and culture. This week, he was born in a Nikau hut in Te Pohue but Cliff Whiting (Te Whānau-a-Apanui) became one of the most influential Māori artists of our time.

Ep 32: Teiarere Steer

This week, she’s the 79 year old who found God at 50. Teiarere Steer (Ngāti Rakauwa ki Panehakua, Ngāti Haua) shares her journey with religion, social media and the hardship of burying people.

Ep 33: Te Raumoa Kawiti

A subtitled version of a Te Reo Māori documentary programme looking at Māori personalities, communities, history and culture. This week, Te Raumoa Kawiti (Ngāti Hine), the great great grandson of Chief Te Ruki Kawiti, shares tales of war, courage and hardship.

Ep 34: Nuki Aldridge

This week, Nuki Aldridge from Whangaroa is the 81 year old who will fight for iwi sovereignty until the day he dies, a second time.

Ep 35: Aroha Paenga

This week, the girl from Whangara who helped set up a Pa in the city. Aroha Paenga reveals how Māori coped during the urban shift through the formation of Te Rōpū Manutaki and Hoani Waititi Marae.

Ep 36: Jim Maniapoto

This week, Jim Maniapoto is the Māori All Black from Tūwharetoa, the birth place of the haka ‘Ka Mate’. He speaks of the pride of wearing the black jersey.

Ep 37: Ratu Tibble

This week, he’s the boy from Rangitukia who makes movies in Te Reo Māori. Ratu Tibble reveals the power of language in the performing arts, courts and film making.

Ep 38: Patrick Maikuku

This week, he’s the activist from the wild, wild, West – Taharoa, Patrick Maikuku (Ngati Mahuta) is a horseman, a hunter-gatherer and a hoarder.

Ep 39: Margaret Mutu

This week, kicked out of boarding school and told she would never be good enough, Margaret Mutu (Ngāti Kahu) is a University Professor, an activist and will fight for Ngāti Kahu no matter what.

Ep 40: Kapua Te Ua

This week, lifting the clouds of depression in the high suicide region, Kawerau, Kapua Te Ua (Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe) uses Māori spirituality to guide troubled teens towards a higher purpose LIFE.

Ep 41: Waitangi Special

This week, Waitangi Special: Six Kaumatua from around New Zealand provide insights on leadership, the environment, education, spirituality, politics and Te Reo Māori and culture.

Ep 42: Matiu Eru

This week, he was raised in Tuhoe but for 50 years has taught Te Reo Māori and culture in Ngāti Kahungunu. Matiu Eru (Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) reveals how his passion for things Māori has guided his decisions.

Ep 43: Te Rauoriwa Pere

This week, grief has always been with 83yr old Te Rauoriwa Pere (Ngāti Rēhia, Ngāpuhi) a widow who lost her only two children. She reveals how her beliefs sustain her faith to carry on.

Ep 44: Rocky Hudson

This week, he’s the 86 year old breakfast host who serves the people of Rangitane, Rocky Hudson (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine) reveals why he should not be called a kaumātua living outside his tribe.

Ep 45: Wiremu and Jossie Carr

This week, the 81 year old East Cape couple who've been publishing Māori books for 40 years. Willie and Jossie Kaa share their love for literature and reveal the secret behind their 58 year marriage.

Ep 46: Moe Milne

This week, she’s the former psychopaedic nurse who says the Māori language and culture holds the remedy to heal the mind and spirit, Moe Milne (Ngāti Hine) reveals her essence of life.

Ep 47: Te Waiarani Harawira

This week, from land grabs to strapping to arrests in the middle of the night, one kuia from Tuhoe, Te Waiarani Harawira, believes finally, the persecution of her people is over