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Waka Huia

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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      • 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.

      • Manahi Paewai

      G Those who are most knowledgeable aren't necessarily those who speak the loudest. Manahi Paewai has seen first-hand that knowledge can also be shown through action.

      • Rita Tupe

      G Rita Tupe is an expert in healing the mind, the body and the soul through Mirimiri - Maori medicine and spirituality. Rita, alongside her sisters, work together to heal their people and their land.

      • Te Tai Taikato

      G Te Tai Taikato shares stories about his marae, growing up under the guidance of his elders, his time as president of the rugby club, and his upbringing in Maungata-pu.

      • 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.

      • John The Baptist

      G Inspired by a call from God, John Catmur emigrates from England to Aotearoa and immerses himself into the Maori world. Working as a Baptist minister in Mangere, John learns to speak te reo Maori.

      • Pineaha Murray

      G Spiritual healer Pineaha Murray says the time has come for an awakening of mankind and Maori in particular. He wishes to share vital information for maintaining spiritual and physical wellbeing.

      • Naida Glavish

      G Naida Glavish became a household name in 1984 after losing her job for greeting toll callers with the words "Kia ora." Join Waka Huia and her people as we celebrate her damehood 34 years on.

      • Mane Matiu

      G Keen to leave home after a harsh upbringing in 1950s Northland, Mane Matiu has heeded the call of his tribal homelands to establish himself in Whangape as a community leader and local historian.

      • Jesse Pene

      G Jesse Pene celebrates the 100th year of the Ratana faith as he reminisces about his many life experiences.

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