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Waka Huia is an iconic archival documentary series recording the unique stories and histories of Maori for all New Zealanders.

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    Sunday 19 May
    • Mere Lodge

    G She travelled the world, but upon her return, Mere Lodge (Ngati Porou) never knew she would be a part of something so revolutionary for Maori people, and the next generations.

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      • Kararaina Kire

      G Kararaina Kire of Tuhoe and Ngati Porou descent is dotingly referred to as "Nan" by the Flaxmere community. She is known for her wit and her dedication to helping others, no matter their circumstances.

      • Kahu Tapiata

      G Kahu Tapiata reveals what it's like to live in Ngapuna, a Rotorua industrial area. She walks us through her devotion to her faith, and her pride in influencing a generation of Maori language speakers.

      • Tutata Matatahi

      G Tutata Hetet-Matatahi is one of the original members from the first Taniwharau Kapa Haka team that was established in 1944. She has been a prominent leader in her community and continues to live by the values of the Kiingtanga.

      • Te Matatini

      G Te Matatini is Maoridom's largest event that fosters, develops, and protects Kapa Haka in the pursuit of excellence. We invite viewers to share in the excitement of this event as we take a look behind the scenes.

      • Moetatua Turoa

      G Moetatua shares memories of his time at war, and of his time growing up on New Zealand's East Coast, where he learnt important skills. Now he's helping kids learn the same meaningful know-how.

      • John Terei

      G A successful Auckland businessman of over 50 years, John Terei feels the call of the Whangape homeland he left as a teenager in search of a livelihood.

      • Molly Turnbull

      G Molly Turnbull is known in Ruatoki for her contribution to education for close to 40 years. She is renowned for being optimistic, outgoing and for wearing eccentric clothing that matches her personality.

      • Ruta Broughton

      G Ruta Broughton dedicates her life to ensuring that Te Reo Maori prospers within her home, her whanau and her Iwi. "Ka whakapaua taku kaha ki te whakarauora i to tatou reo."

      • Turuhira Hare

      G Turuhira Hare is a renowned Kuia in Ruatoki. Te Reo Maori, Moteatea, Tikanga and Karakia are her biggest passions. Turuhira dedicates her life to passing these treasures down to future generations.

      • Riwa McCaughey

      G Most days you will find Riwa McCaughey either in her garden, or reading scripture. However, one cannot work without the other. We get our hands dirty with Nanny Riwa as she approaches her 80th Birthday.

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