Waipounamu Te Karu is a self-confessed “haka-freak.”
“I breathe it. I love it. I love to perform and to entertain. It’s a way to express myself,” says the 25 year-old who has been a member of Te Ahikaaroa Kapa Haka group for the past eight years.
Recently Waipounamu has found a new way to express herself by joining TahuFM as a radio announcer. She has her own show called “Kurakura Pounamu” every week day from 10am to 1pm playing a smooth mix of home grown and overseas music.
She has a Diploma in Māori Studies, is fluent in te reo Māori and has previously worked as a teacher aide in bilingual education.
“I have always wanted to be a DJ and work at TahuFM. When I was 14 I did work experience at the station and I have been bugging them on and off for a job ever since.
“I’m feel so lucky to be working for my iwi. I get to kōrero with my people, about my people – it’s tū meke!”