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Left: Fred & Hemi Williams. Whakatohea, Ngaitai, Te Whānau a Ruataupare. Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts. Graduated 2019.

Kapa Haka Brothers arts. Over and above that, it was an opportunity to learn
Still Pushing The from others and share their experiences.”
Sixteen former Te Waka Huia performers formed a
Brothers Fred and Hemi Williams cohort called Ngā Morehu (Survivors), enrolled together
have been live performance artists and studied as a whānau.
for more than 30 years. They
joined kapa haka Te Waka Huia in “That made all the difference,” Hemi says. “We
the 1980s under the tutelage of supported each other through the degree and knew we
the late Ngapo and Pimia Wehi. could be successful in this way. We got together for a
weekend every few months to revise and study. At our
“They always encouraged us to explore everything to the weekend block courses, we’d go straight into lectures
‘nth’ degree, and to give back to the body of knowledge,” until late Friday night, then from 8am-10pm after that.
We didn’t tire – we were engaged the whole time. That
Fred says. Performing members were encouraged to pass comes down to good leadership, lecturers, programme
on their skills by tutoring at schools around Auckland, with content and interaction.”
the Williams brothers often tutoring together at Queen
Victoria and St Stephens. It was that group of young Fred adds: “The power of shared knowledge is
volunteer tutors who decided 30 years later to pursue a astounding. Even seasoned performers and tutors with
Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts (BMPA) at Te Whare 30 years of experience are not beyond that continuum
Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. of learning – I would find myself sitting there thinking ‘I
just learned something’. You’ve got to keep treading the
“This degree programme was just part of our ongoing boards, picking up knowledge, and sharing it.”
journey – a way of giving back and continuing to make the
contribution always encouraged by Ngapo and Pimia,” Fred The group graduated this year, numbering among nearly
says. 800 performers who have graduated with a BMPA. The
brothers (Whakatōhea, Ngaitai, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau
Younger brother Hemi says the three-year degree was an a Ruataupare) – both now researching kapa haka
opportunity to honour the legacy and teachings of Ngapo theses for their Masters – recognise alumni as a
and Pimia. “We wanted to document what we learnt under valuable source of practical and inherited knowledge.
their wing – the mātauranga Māori (knowledge), te reo
Māori (language), tikanga Māori (custom) and performing “The potential for post-graduate research is vast,” Fred
says. “I’m not sure that the boundaries are currently
being explored or have even been discovered.

“For me, the BMPA was about taking kapa haka to
another level and ensuring that there’s continuity – a
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that pool of information, and capacity-building in
research, because it’s still held knowledge. The
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There’s a hunger from other indigenous cultures for
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of this kaupapa, Fred says.

“Māori performing arts have gone global – our people are
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of the effort we’ve put into maintaining language, culture,
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The Way of the
Peaceful Warrior

It’s been three years since I last sat Maisey’s songs resonate her deeply cultural roots, her love of
down to kōrero with Whakatāne’s Te Reo Māori, her integrity, her social conscience, her creed.
soulful songstress, Maisey Rika, and She’s toured the world sharing these precious cornerstones
she is, like last time, serene and of her life through her music, korero and actions, always and
humble, authentic and straight- unapologetically speaking her own truth.
shooting; her passion for what she
believes in unbounded and

Written by Lisa Badger

Maisey chooses her stages well. They As part of Finest of Aotearoa, She’s performed under her beloved
are places that allow her to convey Maisey’s travelled to Hawaii, South ‘East Coast Moon’ at the Te Tairāwhiti
her messages, where she can use her America, Tahiti and Las Vegas. The Arts Festival. The festival is the
fame to support and drive, give help latter was a conference initiative to Gisborne region’s new flagship
and encourage development, push provide educational and professional contemporary arts and cultural event
for the changes she wants to see. She development resources for US- featuring hundreds of performers
performs to receptive audiences, at based indigenous artists that would from across New Zealand and the
events that are true to her heart. build audiences for indigenous Pacific.
performing arts and reduce barriers
In the three years since we last met, for indigenous artists performing It celebrates what it means to be of
those places include WOMAD (both overseas. Tairāwhiti and of Aotearoa. It reflects
in Taranaki and in the midst of civil and celebrates the people of the
unrest in Chile) and Florida, where she She’s performed at the NZ Arts Gisborne region and the East Coast. It
performed her own waiata, ‘Tangaroa Festival in Wellington and at reinforces the importance of people
Whakamautai’, and narrated the numerous Matariki gigs with a group and place, and further affirms the
opening for a Pasifika-based theme of emerging female artists that she region’s strong position in the creative
park (Universal’s Volcano Bay) to a is mentoring. She’s collaborated with landscape of Aotearoa.
live and televised audience of over 50 Troy Kingi and Tipene Harmer on a
million around USA, during which she hip-hop song they wrote together Maisey is also developing her own
engendered huge respect from the and taken workshops with the company, First Nation Music -
crowd, by insisting upon feeding her emerging artists from Pao, a platform Aotearoa, a boutique music label
youngest boy, and thus opening 15 which was first convened by Hirini and music consultancy agency that
minutes late. Melbourne to showcase Māori specialises in nurturing the growth
musicians. of Māori music and artists from
She’s performed with renowned Aotearoa. Its aim is to highlight the
Māori artists such as Troy Kingi, Rob She’s collaborated with Vince Harder unique cultures and talent of all First
Ruha, Seth Haapu and leading expert on ‘The Offering Project’ which was Nation, Indigenous Peoples from
in traditional Māori instruments, a Hymn compilation album recorded around the World – one song at a
Horomona Horo, who are collectively for The Salvation Army and helped time.
known as “Finest of Aotearoa” (a raise over $300,000 for its charitable
name chosen because they represent cause. It featured other artists such
the Fine Arts of Aotearoa as they as Stan Walker, Hollie Smith, Sol3 Mio,
incorporate live-visual artists in some Kimbra and many other renowned
live performances - a new artistic artists.
delivery not been done before in

In support of the Ihumātao One of the most profound recent
occupation, and alongside Vox experiences Maisey has had was
Dawn, Unity Pacific, Ihi, Mara TK and being a part of “An Instrumental
many more, Maisey performed at Voyage – Pae Tawhiti, Pae Tata”
the Frontline Solidarity for Ihumātao with the New Zealand Symphony
Concert and collaborated with Orchestra (NZSO). The concerts were
other performers and artists there
an interweaving of traditional Māori
to produce a CD called Toitū Te instruments and Western classical
Whenua (Volume 1). The concert music. Maisey was on vocals and
and the CD are a result of a desire Horomona Horo was narrator and
by artists and musicians to support taonga pūoro musician.
what is happening in Ihumātao, and
to ultimately support the ongoing Each show was divided into three
stance against the development of movements. The first shared a vision
sacred lands. Volume 1 features the of the past, from the arrival of the
artwork of Regan Balzar, and Volume Polynesians and the subsequent
2 (in progress) will feature artwork by Europeans, with bird calls and the
Tame Iti. Maisey says that there was evocative sounds of taonga pūoro.
so much support for this CD and she
is grateful to everyone behind the The second movement chronicled
scenes that made it happen. “They the conflict between the Māori and
know who they are.” Europeans, with the final movement
ended with a positive look to the
She’s also written her own album, due future.
out next year, which pays homage
to the themes of sacredness of land, Children in the audience were
environment and awareness. Much encouraged to sing along, helped
of the video footage for the songs along by the inclusion of the song
featured on this album were shot in ‘Ngā Iwi E’. The narration was
Whakatāne and feature youth from performed in English and Te Reo
Kawerau (her brother JJ works for the Māori.
Kawerau District Council and looks
after the Rangatahi in the town). The concerts were held in
commemoration of Tuia 250, the
Maisey’s also trying her hand at anniversary of Captain James Cook’s
directing some music videos and arrival to New Zealand, with a strong
reckons it’s ‘pretty cool’ to be behind Māori viewpoint. There were several
the camera for a change. performances in September of this
year, in Dunedin, Christchurch,
Whānau is vitally important to Maisey. Blenheim, Lower Hutt and Porirua.
Her Mum, Honey, and sister, Katarina,
often step in as backing singers when Making the NZSO experience even
she is performing. For all the things more poignant for Maisey, was her
she has done, she knows it wouldn’t recently acquired moko kauae. She
be possible without support. She says the moko had been calling to
wants to thank everyone who has her for several years, but doubt, and
supported her career, her whānau, the concern that she would upset or
and especially her husband, Bossy insult whānau kept her from going
(who she is celebrating 19 years ahead. After much consultation with
of unity with). They have three whānau, friends and marae leaders,
kids, aged 14, 6 and 2, and a ton of she knew that it was the right time.
memories that they’ve built together. The prudence of her decision, she
He’s her rock. “He holds the fort while says, was confirmed by magnitudes
I’m away”. as she took the stage, representing
Māori, telling the story of Tuia,
responding to the orchestra’s (The
Crown) challenges with words and
song, as she sat at the front, with her
moko kauae displayed with absolute
and unwavering dignity. “I was so
proud, the timing of my moko was

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Written by Andrea Inman

Cruising into its third year, Classics at Ōhope “Spectators and participants get dressed up,
is fast becoming a toe-tapping, hip-swinging have a boogie and drive around our district in
and eye-popping extravaganza at Ōhope Beach! their classic cars.”
Classics at Ōhope is a classic car and retro “We will also be adding further events to the
caravan show in that style we all love! Just programme, including a Classic Car Cruise,
add the Whakatāne Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, vintage Vintage Best Dressed competition and an
market stalls, street food and craft beer, plus evening Rock ‘N’ Roll Beach Party presented
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gathering at Surf & Sand four years ago, has Through the partnership of well-known and
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than 50 retro caravans and as many as 400 10 Holiday Park and Ocean Ford Whakatāne
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The festival is a combination of two events: out-of-town visitors for the day and the whole
the original caravan show and Ocean Ford weekend, this event is of significant benefit to
Whakatāne’s car show - which used to be local retailers, vendors and accommodation
held at Maraetotara Reserve. There’s a gold providers and helps promote the district while
coin donation for spectators to attend, with giving back to the local community.
proceeds raised going to Classics at Ōhope’s
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Ingredients Line a large round or square tin with
• ¼ cup butter, softened baking paper - preferably two layers.
• 1 TBSP maple syrup • 225 g butter
• 1 ½ cups icing sugar • 225 g sugar Bring milk to boil; remove from stove.
• 1 tsp vanilla essence • 450 g plain white flour Add baking soda and then pour the
• 1 cup chopped glazed cherries • 3 eggs milk mixture over chopped butter.
• 1 packet of chocolate melts • 1 small cup of milk
• 2 tsp olive oil • 1 tsp of baking powder When melted add sugar and stir. Add
• Pot, heatproof bowl,baking paper, • 1.5 kg mixed dried fruit in eggs and mix well. Add this mixture
• 1 tsp golden syrup to the flour and fruit, add in rum, mix
flat tray • 1 tsp vanilla essence well and pour into cake tin.
• 3 tsp rum
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Melt chocolate over a double boiler -
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Dip balls in chocolate and place back
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Recipes written by your BBQ’D PORK HOCK
Editor V irginia Jeeves WITH ‘VIRGINIA STYLE’
My fav’ pasta dish!
But then again, I say that about every
pasta dish I have! • 4 fresh pork hocks (uncooked,
unsmoked, skin on)
Ingredients Method
• Rub for the Hocks:
• 1 packet of whole wheat linguine Bring a large pot of water to boil. • 4 tsp ground cumin
or spaghetti Cook pasta according to package • 4 tsp ground fennel seeds
directions. Drain and transfer to a • 4 tsp ground black pepper
• 5 TBSP Extra Virgin olive oil large serving bowl. Cover to keep • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
warm. • 2 tsp salt
• 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
Cooking the Mussels: Virginia Style BBQ Sauce:
• 2 cans crushed tomatoes
Heat oil in a large saucepan over a • 1 L cider vinegar
• Handful of fresh basil medium heat. Add garlic chilli flakes • 750 ml medium-dry cider
parsley season with salt and pepper. • 400 g dark brown sugar
• 2 kg fresh mussels – cooked Add mussels stir for 2 minutes ad • 4 TBSP yellow mustard seeds
in the white wine. *Only use tomatoes and liquid from that was • 4 TBSP Dijon mustard
the mussels that have opened. used to cook the mussels and simmer • 150 g tomato purée
Reserve the juice from the on a low heat making sure you stir • ½ tsp each salt & black pepper
mussels for the sauce. the sauce. • 100 g bacon pieces

• 1 cup dry white wine In a large pan add a dash of olive oil. Method
Heat and pop the spaghetti in the
• 1 tsp chilli flakes pan. Give it a quick stir and pour over Mix the rub spices. Cut deep
the Mussel Pasta Sauce. Serve with a crisscross slits in the hocks, then rub
• ¼ tsp salt little extra flat leaf parsley and the zest all over. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
of a lemon.
• Freshly ground pepper to taste Set up smoker with a water tray for
indirect cooking. Once temperature
• ¼ cup fresh flat leave parsley is 150°C -1 80°C, place the hocks
on the grill and shut the lid. Keep
• 1 tablespoon fresh leave parsley temperature in range. After 2 hours,
chopped fine for garnishing. the meat should be shrinking back
from the bone. Cook for another 1 -
• 1 TBSP finely grated lemon zest 1½ hours or until tender.

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Leave to cool to room temperature.

When the pork is ready, remove and
rest the hocks on a platter, covered in
foil, for 20 minutes, then serve with
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WRITTEN BY LISA BADGER Just a special touch of paradise...

We locals are all agreed on one thing – 10 The Kawerau Pools – they are warm and
Whakatāne and its surrounding area is one of the best places to be on a rainy
stunningly beautiful and we are lucky to live winter’s day – admission is FREE
here. Surfing at West End, strolling by the
river along the Warren Cole Walkway, eating 9 Picking berries (and eating them of course)
fresh oysters al fresco at Ohiwa Harbour, 8 Swimming in the river at Waimana Gorge
the geological wonderland that is Whakaari, 7 Riding on a miniature steam train at the
biking the Motu Trail, plunging into the
clear, cool water in the Waimana Gorge, Riverside Railway next to the Rose Gardens.
moseying around Hukutaia Domain (with
its ancient and revered tree, Taketakerau), 6 Maraetotara Reserve – it’s a fun place for
exploring the incredible Toi’s Track with its the kids to play, and to end the day with a
million-dollar vistas, picking and eating fat BBQ in a prime position under a shady tree.
juicy strawberries. We are spoilt for choice.
5Mountain biking at the Onepu Bike Park
La Vita carried out a highly scientific survey 4Wharf jumping at Ohiwa Harbour
(we asked Facebook and the teenagers and 3 Ōhope Beach – surf, swim, BBQ and build
their friends) to come up with THE TOP 10
things to do in our little slice of paradise. sandcastles
Removing some of the inappropriate (no
words!) teenage responses here they are! 2 Biking the MOTU TRAIL


1 TOI’S TRACK! It’s world class and
rated most often in the responses. It
includes all, or parts of, the walk to
Otarawairere, the Bird Walk, and the
Fairbrother Loop Track. It’s a must-do!

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Words and photos by Linda Tutua

Susanne Boonen
Multimedia Artist
Susanne is an artist who is
constantly developing her art as clay and sculpture. When in the sixth
she believes one experience will form at Trident High School she was
always lead you to something also taken to her first exhibition in
else. As things change and Rotorua featuring Michael Smither’s
grow, so does the evolution of paintings. This experience opened her
the art created through many eyes to the beauty and emotion that
different mediums. Susanne has art could evoke.
a passion for three-dimensional
creations whether it is painting Her credentials are Diploma in Art and
or sculpturing. The mediums she Creativity (Honours) and Bachelor of
uses are water colour, acrylic and Teaching.
ink, pottery and mosaic. Susanne
feels she can’t do the same artwork Susanne teaches children and adult
all the time as she becomes more art workshops and weekly classes
creative when she can switch in Drawing and Acrylic Painting,
between the media. Felt-making, Pottery, Mosaic and
Printmaking. She encourages her
When she worked for the Department students to learn and explore the
of Conservation, this experience elements of art - line, shape, space,
opened her eyes to the beauty and form, texture, and the use of colour
essence of our environment. Most to create their own interpretation of
of her art work is formed from the an idea. Susanne appreciates seeing
basis of conservation. One of her art the creativity that unfolds, their
exhibitions – Conversation about expression of an artform and the
Conservation – was to get people message every child and adult wants
talking about our endangered species to convey through their art.
and the factors that are causing the
demise of our native birds, fish and

Susanne’s art has been mostly
influenced by her art teacher at
Trident High School who had such
a passion about art and especially
teaching. During the summer holidays
he gave her a kick wheel and she
used mud from the creek at the back
of her family’s farm to make clay
objects which ultimately cracked. This
however led Susanne into a love of






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