About the region
Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha Cultural Council
Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha Cultural Council has been promoting, supporting and encouraging Māori performing arts in Waitaha since 1965. Te Kiato Riwai founded the first kapa haka competitions in Te Waipounamu because she believed performance encouraged prosperity and provided a way in which Māori could declare their aspirations and hopes for the future.
Responsibility to your rohe:
The purpose of the council is to strive for excellence in Māori performing arts and cultural activities within the Waitaha region and to be responsible for the promotion and development of the kapa haka.
The Waitaha takiwā is the area of Te Waipounamu south of Marlborough and covers the rest of the island, coast to coast and extends all way to Rakiura.
I have been a member of the National Committee for Te Matatini since 2017.