Kapa haka inspiration

“Tahupōtiki, taku tupuna, hoki wairua mai arohaina e………..” There is a saying that the kūmara never speaks about its own sweetness but this kūmara is going to acknowledge her two older sisters, Jenny Buchanan and Reimona Crofts for their kaha and māia to throw themselves amongst the wolves and stand in a competing team for the Waitaha Regional Kapa Haka competitions.

After a very long retirement from the performing arts arena and after only burying our father in January this year, they both decided to support the kaupapa when the karanga was put out by our whāngai brother, Pita Peawini and our Brennan whānau. You’re both truly an inspiration for us your whānau and we love you both very much. “Maranga Mai.”
Nā Liz Kereru.


Kia ora koutou katoa. It’s that time again whānau, where our condolences go out to all the whānau who have lost loved ones. Kia ora koutou katoa.

Well my kauhau goes out today to people who don’t like what I write about in this pānui magazine. If they don’t like it, come and see me kanohi ki te kanohi, not through my nieces or mokopuna. I think if it was not acceptable the Te Pānui Rūnaka bosses would not submit my stories, but come and see me. If I am hard to find, well tough tītī. I am always around the motu somewhere or you could always enquire at the Tuahiwi Marae office, as I will probably be practising kapa haka behind closed doors (not open ones).

I think the Tuahiwi kaumātua kapa haka group is very brave competing against all the big guns out there but, it will be good fun.

We have had a very busy month this month at Tuahiwi Marae what with meetings, hui, college visits, healthy day, Māori day and of course tangi. But with the days getting shorter, it is early to bed (who said that?) I am still calling for all dishes to be returned.

Well, it is getting near to be watching No Deal (Not pokies) but kapa haka practices, I better not miss or Aroha – Hohipera will say back row Patricia – and we don’t want that eh – So aroha nui to you all. See you at regionals. Luv Ya, K.K.K