17 Oct 2021

He Kakano Ahau Series 2 - Ahi Komau

From Te Ahi Kaa, 6:00 pm on 17 October 2021
Kahu and Emma Kutia at Rahiri Marae, Waimana.

Kahu and Emma Kutia at Rahiri Marae, Waimana. Photo: UGP/Melody Thomas

Content Warning: This episode of He Kakano Ahau - Ahi Komau contains discussions about suicide and mental health. For support you can find helpful links below.

Te Ahi Kaa features the award winning series He Kakano Ahau. In this episode 'Ahi Komau' Kahu Kutia is in the home of  Auckland based rapper Te Maramatanga aka Ranuimarz who reflects on how suicide has impacted his whanau, and how he chooses to draw on his experiences in talking about it through his passion for writing and producuing music. Kahu visits his home in South Auckland and meets his pepe.

Ranuimarz and his son

Ranuimarz and his son Photo: UGP / Dylan Cook

Auckland based embalmer and funeral director Rikki Solomon has researched the maramataka drawing on teachings from Rereata Makiha and Kahu heads to Te Wharua o Tūhoe, to the tribal homelands in Te Waimana where she joins her sister Emma Kutia.

For the full episode of He Kakano Ahau Series 2 - Ahi Komau listen here.


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