Who are we?
Ka tiro ake ki Te Poho o Tamatea
e rere whakararo the awa Ōmaru
ki nga wai karikari o Whakaraupō moana
ka tau whakamarumaru ai
ki te pā tūwatawata o Te Rapaki o te Rakiwhakaputa
tū mai te whare o Wheke
Kerepeti is a multi talented musician with more than 10 years experience in live music and production with an ear for good sound. He is always looking for ways to incorporate his love of music, kapa haka and Māori culture into his lifestyle.
Having grown up in an artistic maori family the many ways of expressing an idea were drawn upon to convey thoughts and ideals in particular Rāranga (weaving) was used as a tool to teach patience and correct execution of simple tasks to make a finished product.
Kerepeti, a self proclaimed “tutu” (tinkerer), is prone to making solutions out of problems and as such is very good at seeing the big picture and filling in the dots.
Kerepeti Paraone 2017
An Ōtautahi native, Savanah’s skills vary from performing arts to teaching to running a business and being a mum.
She has over 20 years of kapa haka experience under her belt and has performed competitively in regional and national competition.
Savanah’s is also passionate about Musical Theatre. She has a Diploma in Theatre studies (UCOL, 2006), and spent 2 years on a musical theatre stage performing in two seasons of Les Miserables and one season of CATS, 2006-2007.
She also has a background in dance and movement having attended EXCEL School of Performing Arts in 2009.
“Singing is not new to me, but it feels new. I’m only just beginning to find my voice and it’s something I’m really enjoying. Performing is a way to step out of my own bubble and actually benefit from the feeling of exposing the real me, and fending off of my nerves to express myself. This new endeavour will allow me to have that opportunity, to perform a style of music I really love listening to, with the added bonus of putting a Māori twist on it. As a new mum, learning te reo is an important part of my life now, because I would like to speak with my own children in te reo Māori, with confidence. I am willing to try any new way of learning something new outside the confines of a classroom.”
Self-confessed multitasker, Savanah currently runs Pīki Kids Club Ltd, an after school and holiday programme based at Te Pā o Rākaihautū and has just jumped into yet another season of competitive kapa haka with Te Ahikōmau a Hamoteraki, a senior kapa haka group based here in Ōtautahi.
Savanah-Kui Tukariri (2017)