23 Dec 2017

Teremoana Rapley - An ode to my ancestors

From Saturday Morning, 10:35 am on 23 December 2017

Teremoana Rapley is singer, rapper, TV producer and director and entrepreneur. She joined hip hop group Upper Hutt Posse in 1987, aged 14, and a few years later, Moana Maniapoto's Moana and the Moahunters. She launched a solo singing career in 1995, the same year she joined long-running New Zealand children's television show What Now as a field reporter (and followed that with a decade with youth magazine programme Mai Time). After the birth of her fourth child, she moved permanently behind the camera, holding a range of roles including director, camera operator, scriptwriter and producer. Rapley currently works at Auckland City Council's Southern Initiative. She talks to Richard about her extensive career - as well as recently uncovering some startling family history.