of tikanga Māori exponent Muriwai Ihakara
Māoridom is mourning the loss of Muriwai Ihakara, who has died following a long illness.
He was 64.
Muriwai was not only a well-known figure within his tribal boundaries but throughout the country, through his decades-long involvement in kapa haka, judging at the prestigious Te Matatini competition as well as leading his kapa haka group, Te Hikuwai, to the nationals in 2017.
He served as Te Tumu Whakahaere Māori of Creative New Zealand – the NZ Arts Council for 14 years as a proponent of kapa haka, reo, and tikanga.