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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Isaac Hughes

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...

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A Tātau Kōrero: Ying Foon

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...

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A Tātau Kōrero: Erana Keelan Reedy

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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Tahua Pihema

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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Karl Johnstone

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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Andrew Tauatevalu

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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Makere Beale

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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Max Matenga

“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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: Walter ‘The Wiz’ Walsh

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.

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A Tātau Kōrero: ​Pat Makiri

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.