Performers 2017

Here are our extraordinary performers for 2017! Feel free to scroll down below to learn a little bit about them.

Te Aroha Morehu

Te Aroha Morehu is a descendant of his Tribe, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and his whakapapa or genealogy connects him to the greater tribe all the way to the north.

Since joining his Tribal Development arm, he has held the portfolio for Culture and Identity and has lead out on a Digital Transformation strategy since November 2016. His aspiration is for the lifting of his tribal nation and indeed the Maori people of New Zealand in general.

His aspirations in the Digital space are to leverage evidence based practice on connecting Maori to their cultural modalities of mind, body and soul which is backed up by research in providing better health education and economic outcomes. This is coupled with the Tourism industry in New Zealand taking over the Dairy industry as the largest.

He is excited to be using leading edge technology to tell meaningful stories.

Zeal Quartet

ZEAL Quartet is a national and international award-winning group consisting of four young women who are passionate about barbershop four-part harmony a cappella singing.

The group formed in the middle of 2015 and since then have placed 3rd in New Zealand at the Sweet Adelines National Competition as well as receiving the Novice Quartet cup for the highest scoring first timer. They went on to compete in the Sweet Adelines International Rising Star Contest, earning another 3rd place medal as well as 2nd place in the Pan Pacific Youth Quartet Contest.

The girls are enthusiastic and active ambassadors for the Young Singers In Harmony NZ. Recently ZEAL toured around high schools in Nelson, assisting in workshops hosted by the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus. They also travelled to Napier in July this year to judge the Hawkes Bay Young Singers in Harmony regional competition. They hope that through workshops and performance they can introduce people to barbershop singing and invite people to share in their passion for this art form.

Paige Tapara

Paige is an acoustic pop artist from South Auckland NZ. She began performing at the age of 7 in school talent shows. Then going on to performing gigs at restaurants, work functions, weddings and busking on the street. Paige featured in season 2 of X factor NZ and made it to round 1 of boot camp. She is now studying at MAINZ.

Her Debut EP was released on the 11th of August 2017 titled “On My Own”.

Stevie Sikuea

Stevie currently works as a youth development worker/poet/admin for Action Education Inc, and has been involved in the youth development sector since she was 14. She is a current member of the South Auckland Poets Collective and loves spoken word poetry. Stevie is passionate about young people, culture, creativity, education, and community development.