August 12, 2014
Kapa haka a lifetime mission
A woman who has been given a award for her involvement with Maori performing arts says kapa haka is not something one does alone.
Christchurch educationalist Tihi Puanaki was the South Island regional lifetime achievement winner in this year's Pride of New Zealand Awards.
Her involvement in kapa haka goes back more than 40 years to when she moved to Otautahi to attend a Maori trade training scheme.
She says judging last week's secondary schools national championships confirmed for her there's more to the art form than haka boogie, as it gives young people a foundation in kaupapa Maori and mana Maori.
"It's our kids' generation now that is coming through. They are so tuturu and their whananu are with them and their pakeke are with them, these are parents who have been a haka freak all his or her life. It's wonderful it's still a whanau kaupapa and everybody is involved. May I never get too koroua to haka," she says.
Tihi Puanaki says she's had her husband Wiremu and now her son alongside her the whole way.
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