He hononga hoki tāku ki ngā Iwi ō Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa me Muaūpoko.
Waipounamu Te Karu is no stranger to Māori Broadcasting, she covers a wide range of topics including Mana Wāhine, Hauora, Mental Health, Well-Being and she will bring the IHI every weekday from 3pm - 7pm
Your most significant accomplishments?
My most significant accomplishments are my two tamariki Aoraki and Arianna, who speak Te Reo Māori, Italian and Te Reo Pākehā. Their Papa was born and bred in Italy. I have a Diploma in Māori Studies and a Certificate in Health and well-being. He mokopuna ahau ō Te Aho Matua hoki.
What are your passions?
I love anything to do with Te Ao Māori, especially Kapa Haka! I have performed at Te Matatini with Te Ahikaaroa and am a current Kaihaka with Te Poūtūmaaro. Kapa haka has been an excellent vehicle for me, taking me all over the country. I love nature walks and spending quality time with my whānau. Because of my love for Kapa Haka, I am a natural entertainer who never shies away from the limelight.
IF YOU COULD BE ANY SUPERHERO WHO WOULD IT BE?
I would rather be an Atua than a superhero. So I’m going to go for Hine Raumati the Summer Maiden because Summer is my fave time of the year (Sunny weather, BBQ, Beach, whānau time, holidays)
BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
The best advice I’ve ever been given – If you haven’t got anything good to say then don’t say it at all. (My Pōua)
WHO ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
The most important people in my life are my two Tamariki Aoraki rāua Ko Arianna (My world, my purpose, my priority)
MOST embarrassing moment?
Most embarrassing moment – I went to the wharepaku once and came out and a guy who was waiting outside told me the back of my dress was tucked into my tarau roto!!
What does working for Tahu FM mean to you?
It means I get to be my fun-loving, energetic, bubbly self and I get to share that with everyone who tunes in. It means connecting with my people. It means my living my best life!
Te Koha with Hine
Hinepounamu Rongonui is a gentle soul. Her strength is te whakamana i te tangata. She scours the motu, bringing you the best interviews from the creative arts. Her wairua and energetic waiata will brighten your day. Weekdays 10am-3pm
Jason Phillips has his ear to the ground and his finger on the pulse. His knowledge of music spans decades, with countless artists and genres, bringing you insights, goss, and interesting facts that'll keep you hooked. Weekdays 6am-10am.