The founder and artistic director of Hawaiki TŪ, a Māori performance company specialising in kapa haka and haka theatre. Kura Te Ua is an all-round performing arts powerhouse. Born and raised in Tāmakai Makaurau, I am the co-founder of the Māori contemporary dance and Māori performance company, Hawaiki TŪ, which celebrates ten years in 2021. 

Photo credit: Peter Jennings (Auckland Live), Toaki Okana

Interviewed by Jasmine Mason 

"Kurahapainga is my Nan's name and Te Ua comes from my Koro, both are from the East Coast and my mum is from the Far North called Whangapē".

"Who am I, is a really interesting question, in my prospective and where I am at now we are all source beings , we are all here to experience contrast, learn grow and evolve in every single moment of the day. Self awareness - that is the goal for me, so I can serve a higher purpose beyond me that contributes to the masses".

What inspires you?

"There are many things that inspire me. When I am most inspired or easily inspired is when I am alone in natural way of being and leaning more into the Taiao".

"I am inspired when I am in amazing collaboration and in a collective with people with the same mind a heart and I'm in my Aō Māori katoa".

"I am inspired when I am listening to amazing music and the beautiful sound; I have noticed that it inspires me and it aligns with my purpose here ultimately, being able to embrace change while continuing to pursue my goals".

" E mihi ana kia koutou!"

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