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Legendary Guitarist and NZ Peace Ambassador Billy TK Senior visited Waipareira Trust today so whānau could enjoy his music, peace and love. The blues/rock guitarist brought his brand of music and meditation to Waipareira whānau promoting inner-peace and talking about what it’s like to practice peace in everyday lives.
Billy TK Senior is actively involved in his role of Maori Peace Ambassador and performs domestically and abroad as part of a peace movement. He was nominated to become Peace Ambassador by the Northern Chiefs, first as a Sovereign Representative and then nominated as a Maori Peace Ambassador, which was endorsed by many northern hapu.
Table Tennis expert called upon to assist with the Waikato Tainui Games
Bill Tangariki has rallied for more than half his life in table tennis matches. And so it's no wonder why our kaumātua, Bill along with matua John Te Pania were invited to coordinate the Waikato Tainui Games 2014.
An event which takes place every two years, the games involve more than 60 marae from the greater Waikato region and consists of touch, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and more.
Matua Bill Tangariki says he's been involved in the last six tournaments. "It's a great opportunity for marae to get together and get active, both John and I loved every moment of the games!"
Oraeroa Marae, of Port Waikato, took out the games.
The 73-year-old credits the sport to helping him keep fit and healthy and he recently competed in the Aotearoa Māori National Championship Tournament.
It was the tournament’s 20th year and Matua Bill has been competing in it since 1996 under the Aotearoa Maori Table Tennis Association. In 2000 he helped establish the Waipareira Trust’s Table Tennis team and has been competing with a group of about 20 other players in the team ever since.
Matua Bill says it takes a combination of skills to be a good player. ‘‘You have to be fit to play and agility and reflex is also important,’’ he says.
The Te Atatu Peninsula resident first started playing table tennis at 10 years old with his school friends in Whangarei. Mr Tangariki also coaches the sport every week at Flanshaw Road School where six players will also be competing in the tournament.
Thousands of whānau from all over the motu attended and we were fortunate enough to have TVNZ's Breakfast News come to cover our event. This was the very first Waitangi Day Celebrations on behalf of Whānau Waipareira and Hoani Waititi Marae. It was a spectacular event! Our pōwhiri kicked off at 10am, which was followed by a stellar performance by Te Roopu Manutaki and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi.
We got to see the international superstars - The Green from Hawai'i, along with our very own sensations J Geeks, Magic, Sweet & Irie, Abbie Leigh, Sammy J and a special reunion of kiwi greats - Golden Harvest. The amazingly talented Maaka Fiso, as well as the outstanding Fresh Movement dance crews.
Heaps of awesome stuff for our tamariki including wolly the worm, bouncy castles, a merry-go-round, a balloonist, face painting and so much more. There was kai galore, craft shops galore, taa moko workshops, whakairo/carving on display, local artists displays, and just sooo much to do for our whānau.
Thousands who attended were in awe of all live acts including Kiwi sensations JGeeks.