Fri 1 Feb 2019

CE to be welcomed

WITT’s new CE will be welcomed by iwi leaders and a nationals-bound kapa haka group next week.

John Snook’s appointment was announced in early January and he starts at WITT on Monday.

Hemi Sundgren (Te Atiawa) and Wharehoka Wano (Taranaki) will represent two iwi who have memorandums of understanding with WITT

The powhiri will be at the same venue, Te Piere, that Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa and Te Kāhui o Taranaki signed their memorandums with WITT in late 2017.

The new chief executive will also see the Ngā Purapura o Te Taihauāuru Kapa Haka Group, which is preparing to represent Taranaki and the Te Kāhui Maunga region at Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Competitions for the sixth time.

The televised nationals will run from February 20-24 in Wellington.

The Waitara based group qualified for the biennial event last February at regional competitions held at Rātana Pā, after competing against eight other teams from Taranaki and Whanganui.

They will be on familiar territory, having performed at national finals in Tauranga (2009) Gisborne (2011) Rotorua (2013) Christchurch (2015) and Hastings (2017).

Co-Tutor- Tamzyn-Rose Pue said some members travel “home” from Hamilton, Taupō and Raglan every weekend for training sessions and live-ins.

 “I am extremely proud of my team.  This is a way of life for us, as membership requires total commitment and passion - so much planning and organising goes into it.

“We have our own dialect, our own accent, our own words, phrases and proverbs as each of the regions do and so for Ngā Purapura - we have a responsibility to our tūpuna, our marae, hapū, iwi, whanau – and our kids who also jump in the lines and learn our material.” 

John Snook comes to WITT with a broad background in education and has previously served as acting chief executive of the Waiariki Institute of Technology.


Pictured: Ngā Purapura will perform at WITT on Monday.