A Tātau Kōrero is a collection of stories of people in our community that highlight a rich tapestry of history, connections and values. From Te Kaha in the north, to Te Wairoa in the south, Te Tairāwhiti is full of people doing interesting and exceptional things in their respective areas.
Whether it is in the arts, visual story telling, sports or farming, everyone has a story and these stories only enrich an understanding of who our community is and the uniqueness of what makes Te Tairāwhiti great.
We wanted to find out who are our people in Te Tairāwhiti 250 years after the arrival of Cook and his crew on the Endeavour, and what are the things that make up our community including insights, reflections, views and opinions.
Isaac was born and bred on the Coast. His love is for the East Coast and his whānau have for generations worked closely with tangata whenua...
Born and bred in Tūranganui-a- Kiwa, Ying Foon has come from a background of hard work an resilience. Her parents were migrants to Aotearoa and were market gardeners. Known as the retiring mayor Meng Foon’s wife...
Erana Keelan Reedy is the station manager of Radio Ngāti Porou but her passion is story telling. As the station manager she is also the keeper of treasures, history, stories, songs and voices of the people of Ngāti Porou from yesteryear and today.
Born and bred into kapa haka, Tahua’s passion for her people and haka is evident. A student at Victoria University, Tahua continues to come home regularly to reconnect with her whānau, hapū and iwi and be part of her whānau haka club, Waihīrere.
A descendant of the three iwi of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and also from the first settlers, Karl has taken an interest in culture in all of its form and its expression across different mediums including exhibitions, art, architecture and design and business.
Andrew was not born in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa but he and his family call this place home. He is at home too on the rugby field. An up-and-coming star in the sport, Andrew began playing while at Gisborne Boys' High and now plays for High School Old Boys in the local competition.
For Makere, seeing unwell whānau was a normal thing growing up. Health issues that plague Māori were an everyday part of life for her. It was not until she realised that this was not normal, that she wanted to make a difference.
“More Than Hakas” is a phrase that Max and his whānau from Waituhi have used as their catchphrase and slogan for their kapa haka group Te Whānau-a-Kai.
World-famous in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Walter ‘The Wiz’ Walsh is something of a household name. His many local platforms have included emceeing at events, acting in shows and the airwaves.
Pat is not one to be in front of the camera, in fact you usually find him behind it. He is a camera operator and editor and has been in the television industry for over 20 years, working on developing and creating stories for the screen.
Pene Walsh, a descendant of the first settlers in the region, is proudly Pākehā. Some people do not like the word Pākehā, but she does and prefers this word to other terms.
Balancing the scales of fairness has been a driving force for Jill Chrisp. Much of her life’s work has been advocating at home and abroad...
Walton Walker is a tireless worker for his community. He is seen around the district with different kaupapa. He indeed wears many hats, from the baseball field to the river...
Tommy Watts is a Wairoa local who loves motocross. His father got him started in the sport and he has risen through the ranks and last year he won the National Junior Championships.
Singing is part of who Rob Ruha is. It is a vehicle by which Rob can express his thoughts and feelings on any given topic.
Arish Naresh came to Tūranganui-a-Kiwa six years ago from Fiji after the last coup on the island. He studied as a dentist and has worked in the community and adapted to the way of life here.
Wi Tamihana Pohatu hails from Te Muriwai and is regarded as a master weaver.