Kapa haka legend Tihi Puanaki says after 50 years of Te Matatini, kapa haka keeps her young at heart and mind.
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Hundreds gathered at Te Kotahitanga Marae in Tūākau for a special court hearing to witness the swearing-in of the first Māori female District Court Judge from Waikato- Judge Tinimiraka Victoria Clark.
Tūhoronuku and Kotahitanga groups will meet with Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little this Saturday. Last night Te Runanga a iwi o Ngāpuhi organised an event at Parliament where many ministers were invited but Little did not attend.
For more than four decades, Tihi Puanaki, of Ngāti Hine and Ngāi Tahu descent, has been been a leader in kapa haka and waiata Māori. Her hard work and dedication over the years has earned her the Lifetime Achievement award at this year's Pride of New Zealand Awards.