24 Sep 2016

Piri Sciascia: performing arts, language and Te Māori

From Saturday Morning, 9:30 am on 24 September 2016
Professor Piri Sciascia

Professor Piri Sciascia Photo: Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Piri Sciascia, ONZM, was awarded at this year’s Te Waka Toi Awards for his 40-year contribution to Māori performing arts.

He founded Tamatea Arikinui (Ngāti Kahungunu's oldest kapa haka group) and was a driving force behind the watershed Te Māori exhibition in 1984.

Professor Sciascia tells Kim Hill that his path was not always clear – if tikanga had been practised with dead bodies when he was at university he would have become a doctor.

Piri Sciascia recently retired as Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori at Victoria University of Wellington.