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Te Hamua Nikora

Composer, Performer, Māori Composer

Biography

Ngāti Oneone Ngāti Konohi Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti Ngāti Porou Te Whakatōhea

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, ko Waiapu te awa, ko Ngāti Porou te iwi.

He mokopuna tēnei nā te kaieke tohora o Whāngārā-mai-tawhiti, he kumara kotipu ano hoki no te ngutuawa o Waiapu, otirā, he uri nō Tūtāmure o Omarumutu.

Tēnei au te tuku mihi nei ki a rātou mā kua mene atu ki te pō, nā rātou te huarahi i para hei whainga mā tātou te hunga ora.

Ka huri ki a tātou, tēnā tātou katoa.

I was fortunate to grow up in my own iwi lands of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, not too far from Whāngārā, Tolaga Bay, or the rest of “The Coast”. For a while we lived in Ruatoria when my dad was the local traffic officer, then we moved to Gisborne where he became the local Apostolic Church minister…only a bike ride away from Nan’s!

I’ve grown up my whole life around music, kapa haka, whai korero, books and all sorts of other mediums of communication, and have been fortunate enough to have encountered some of the best practitioners of said art forms in my life.

1988 - 1992 Tūranga Wāhine, Tūranga Tāne (Gisborne Boys and Girls High School Māori Club). Performer and helped Derek Lardeli arrange songs.

1993 - 1997 Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti. Performer and helped Derek Lardeli arrange songs.

1997
Kaiako at TKKM o Hoani Waiti Marae. Wrote songs with my kids (they still sing them at parties to this very day!)

1999 - 2001 Pukana TV show. Presenter and wrote, recorded and shot a video for at least one waiata every week.

1999 - present MC at various events such as ATMPAS, Te Matatini, Māori Sports Awards, Regional Kapahaka, Secondary School Kapahaka, Māori Music Awards

Always have to use music (either songs I’ve written or covers) and a bit of stand-up-comedy to fill time!

2005
MATARIKI - I composed and wrote this song with Kimo Winiata, hei whakanui i te tau hou Māori mā ngā tamariki pakupaku, otirā mā tātou katoa.

Te Hamua Nikora cut his screen teeth as an early presenter of the pioneering Māori youth show "Pūkana" (back when it was called Tūmeke ). Later he became well known as co-host of Kai Time on the Road, and as the bald-headed, big-hearted frontman of popular Māori TV karaoke shows "Homai Te Pakipaki" and its successor "Sidewalk Karaoke" .

In 2017 he teamed up with Laughing Samoan Tofiga Fepulea'i, for comedy show "Hamu and Tofiga" .

Te Hāmua has hosted music and sports awards, Te Matatini, and is a motivational speaker and advocate for men's health.


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