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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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      • Kani Hakiwai

      G She is the 83 year old Kuia who is still teaching! Kani Te Ua Te Rito Hakiwai deserves to be celebrated by her people for her efforts in reviving the language amongst children in her area.

      • Taiarahia Black

      G Professor Taiarahia Black is an accomplished academic. He draws on three compositions analysed in his new book to illustrate Te Kooti's perspective on the confiscation of Māori land by the Crown.

      • Wiremu Niania

      G Wiremu Niania was young when he realised he had a gift. In this episode we look into realising our spiritual potential, spiritual healing, and how spirituality can affect us all.

      • Gemma Leef

      G Described as a matriarch on Northland's west coast, Waka Huia spends time with the much loved and respected Gemma Leef as her family and community gather to celebrate her 80th birthday.

      • Owen Lloyd

      G We meet the man behind the Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. Still fighting after 20 years, Owen speaks of the motivation behind his work.

      • Hone Apanui

      G Hone Apanui has dedicated his life to the education sector. He initiated the publication of the Ngata Dictionary and continues to write and edit children's resource books in both English and Te Reo.

      • Kaa and Tāwhirimātea Williams

      G Educators Kaa and Tāwhirimātea Williams are pioneers in the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Together, they helped establish the country's first ever bilingual school, Te Wharekura o Ruātoki.

      • Tohe Ashby

      G Tohe Ashby is on a journey to enact the internationally recognised Declaration of independence as laid down by Māori chiefs 184 years ago.

      • Jim Schuster

      G Jim Schuster is a man of many strengths and has rough hands to prove it. Over 80 Marae have benefited from Jim's work, continuing traditional art forms all around Whakarewarewa.

      • Dave Hawea

      G Follow Dave Hawea's journey from his Waituhi upbringing, to when he established an agricultural company, to being keeper of genealogy for his people of Te Whānau a Kai.

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