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Two young artists have been picked as destined for greater things in this year’s Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards.

Emerging Maori artists - Nga Manu Pirere scholarships worth $4000 each went to emerging Maori artists Mapihi Maureen Te Rerehau Kelland and Hana-Lee Kereru-Wainohu from Ngati Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine.

Ms Kelland, a recent Whitireia performing arts graduate, is currently performing in dance company Black Grace’s 20th anniversary show Siva.

She’s from Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Kahungunu.

Ms Kereru-Wainohu from Ngati Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine has been watch captain on ocean-going waka Te Matau a Maui.

She first went to sea on a waka hourua in 2007 when she was 15, and had since voyaged over 40,000 nautical miles around the Pacific.


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