He TangataWaiariki Parata-Taiapa

Oct 1, 2012

Kāi Tahu – Kāti HuirapaWaiariki-Parata-Taiapa-

What constitutes a good day?
Getting up nice and early going for a surf, then getting some kina, seeing my whānau, then playing the guitar and relaxing.

What New Zealander do you admire most and why?
Marcus Akuhata-Brown. I admire his leadership to inspire and empower rangatahi throughout the country to make critical decisions for the future.

One thing you could not live without?
Um… my Māoritanga? lol.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Who is the most important person in your life?
My father, Barney Taiapa.

What is your favourite song?
Putiputi kanehana.

What constitutes a bad day?

Who is your favourite superhero?
Māui tikitiki-a-Taraka.

What is your worst character flaw?

Which talent would you most like to have?
To write essays.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To write essays.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Having a fight with my brother and fortunately winning for once.

Which country would you most like to visit?

What would you do if you won Lotto?
I would buy a space ship and go to the moon.

What is your greatest extravagance?
The opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Favourite way to chill out? Favourite place?
Either on/in the water or chill out at Karitāne.

Dance or wallflower?
Kapa haka.

What is the last book you read?
I don’t read books much but I enjoyed Whaikōrero by Poia Rewi.

Who is your favourite author?
I like reading stuff that Māori Marsden has written about our Māori people and customs.

If you had to watch sport on television, what would it be?
Ki o Rahi.

What food could you not live without?

What meal do you cook the most?
Weet bix (I can do eight).

Greatest achievement?
Climbing our mauka Hikaroroa, and seeing our marae, Puketeraki.