Te Ao Mihiata Paenga-Morgan : Bachelor of Entrepreneurship/Bachelor of Arts (BEntre/BA)

Te Ao Mihiata Paenga-Morgan

Māori Performing Arts

For Te Ao Mihiata, kapa haka is about whānau and culture. Through her whānau she became involved in kapa haka and they continue to inspire her to succeed. Performing kapa haka is not only her passion, it helps keep her connected to her culture. Te Ao Mihiata has been performing kapa haka since she was in primary school and it has helped her to go places. Her team Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti came third in the 2011 national Te Matatini competition and her team Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane came third in the 2012 Secondary Kapa Haka Nationals. She has also won several regional competitions. While being dedicated to her art, Te Ao Mihiata also enjoys Manu Korero, playing netball, and competing in Iron Māori. She plans to study Māori and Psychology at the University of Waikato, and says its high profile Māori school made it an easy choice.


Tamararo 2016 - 23/04/2016

Event Name : Tamararo Regional Competition 

Location : Houhoupiko Gisborne 

Level : Regional 

Whangara-Mai-Tawhiti 1st place

Qualified for Te Matatini Nationa Competition 2017 in Heretaunga 

Matamata College - 16/05/2015

Nga Wai and I were fortunate enough to recive a job tutoring at Matamata college. This takes place on friday Afternoons. We were fortunate enough that our time tables allowed us to take this role on.

Te Matatini 2015 - 04/03/2015

Event Name : Te Matatini 2015

Location : Christchurch 

National competition for Kapa Haka, 45 teams took the stage over the 5 day competition. 

Whangara-Mai-Tawhiti 5th Place

Tika257 - 09/06/2016

Event Name : Tika257 performance

Location : The university of Waikato 

University paper, Kapa Haka performance 

Tamararo 2015 - 19/09/2015

Event Name : Tamararo Regional Competition 

Location : Houhoupiko, Gisborne 

Level : Regional 

Whangara-Mai-Tawhiti 1st place

Te Matatini 2017 - 26/02/2017

Te Matatini Champions 2017 - Whangara Mai Tawhiti 

National kapa haka competition

Hastings 22 – 26 of February

Tamararo Regional Winners 2017 - 29/10/2017

Member of Whangara Mai Tawhiti, regional champions for 2017

Waikato University Blues Awards 2017 - 22/09/2017

Winner of the Kapa Haka Blues Award

Winner of the Pou Ahurea award for top Maori person of the year Award


Blues Awards are held anually to celebrate exellence in sports and arts. 

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