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Kingi Kiriona (mäori language consultant)

This young Dannevirke man first came to prominence in 1998 when he spoke of how "racism thrives on a lack of knowledge" and about "the many challenges the world offers" to win both the English and Mäori Sections of the National Manu Korero Speech Competitions. 

"Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei! Go hard!" is Kingi's maxim, so much so that his Waikato based cultural group is called "Te Iti Kahurangi".

Prior to joining the Marae team in early 2004 Kingi was lecturing as a Senior Tutor in Mäori Performing Arts at the University of Waikato. It was at Waikato that he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Mäori and Screen Media Studies.

He is a member of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (Institute of Excellence in the Mäori Language) and as a consequence was given the role of Mäori Language Consultant for Marae. Kingi is also a reporter for the Maori News programme Te Karere based at TVNZ.

No Ngäti Ruanui, Ngäti Kahungunu, Ngäti Apa.