The continuation of our whānau legacy in kapa haka
Kaya Sharples comes from kapa haka royalty: she’s the granddaughter of Tā Pita Sharples, the former minister of Māori development and co-leader of Te Pāti Māori.
Tā Pita performed at the very first Te Matatini 50 years ago and started the west Auckland haka group Te Roopū Manutaki in 1968.
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While the NZ Royal Ballet got $8.1m in Budget 2022, Te Matatini received just $2.9m.
“It feels more me. It just feels more me. It's a funny thing to explain, I get quite emotional.”
“If they can do it, we can do it.”