A great leader of Ngāti Kahungunu has been returned to his home. Professor Piri Sciascia now lies in state at Rongomaraeroa Marae in Pōrangahau, Hawke's Bay. He is surrounded by his loved ones who are mourning the loss of a stalwart of haka, Māori language and tikanga.
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When Piri Sciascia goes to work he rubs shoulders with princes and presidents. Part of his role as Government House kaumātua is to guide visiting foreign dignitaries through the intricacies of Māori protocol and pōwhiri.
For his contributions towards all art forms pertaining to Waka Moana, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr was celebrated last night at the Te Waka Toi Awards in Rotorua. This year marks the awards 30th year celebrating Māori art practitioners.