He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Ko Panguru te Maunga
Ko Whakarapa te Awa
Ko Waipuna te Marae
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Ngāti manawa te Hapū
Ko Te Rarawa ki Hokianga te Iwi
Ko Latoya Graham tōku ingoa
He uri ahau nō te Hokianga nui a Kupe
My name is Latoya Graham. I have been performing Kapa Haka for almost 20 years and have been teaching kapahaka in the South Island for nine years.
I am a Kapa Haka song writer and many of my songs have been sung throughout New Zealand and most recently, at Te Matatani.
I currently work for the Kapa Hikitia Trust, which consists of multiple expert tutors that teach in approximately 50 schools in Canterbury. I also work at Ko Tane, performing items such as: Haka Pōwhiri, Poi, Tīrākau, Mōteatea, Mau rākau, Haka and Waiata-a-ringa for tourists wanting an authentic Māori experience.
I am passionate about Kapa Haka and have a great amount of experience. Over the past nine years, I have taught Kapa Haka, poi and harakeke wānanga in the schools of Hakatere.
My goal is for our rangatahi to engage more with their culture and keep it strong so it can be passed onto the next generation.
Ngā mihi aroha, Latoya.
Thomas Chin (Year 13)
Congratulations to Thomas Chin who was chosen to perform the Karakia at the Halberg Sports Awards.
Click here to see Thomas being interviewed for Māori Television.
Click here to see Thomas take part in the opening ceremony.
Click here to see an interview with Thomas about his involvement in sport, Kapa Haka and the Halberg Youth Council.