Headshot of Greg Koia

Greg Koia

Kaiwhakamāori

E ara Tānetehiringa kia tōia ake rā ko te ao mārama ki runga Hikurangi.

E ara Te Manu-nui-a-Tāne kia whitikina iho ko te iwi nāna te kaiwhakamāori nei i homai.

E ara Tamanuiterā kia mahuta mai ki runga i ana hapū, i a Te Whānau a Tapuhi, i a Te Whānau a Te Aopare.

Ko Hikurangi maunga, ko Waiapu awa, ko Ngāti Porou iwi ka noi ki te rangi ē.

Nō te tuawaru o Āpereira nō te tau 1988 a Greg Koia whānau mai ai i Tūranganui-a-Kiwa. He mea whāngai a ia e tana kuia, e Ema Te Matemihikore Koia rāua ko tana koroua, ko Hēmi Tuapawa. 

Mai i te tau 2007 ki te tau 2014, ka noho a Greg ki te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Nōna i reira ka whakawhiwhia ki te Tohu Paetahi, ki te Tohu Paerua, ki te Tohu Kaiako anō hoki. He Ika-a-Whiro a Greg nō Te Panekiretanga o te Reo.

Ko te 2007 te tau i tū tuatahi ai a Greg i te kapa haka o Te Pou o Mangatāwhiri. Ko te tito mōteatea te mahi rata katoa ki a ia. E hia kē nei ngā waiata me ngā haka kua titoa e Greg i Te Matatini, i te Whakataetae-ā-rohe o Tainui anō hoki.

Ā kāti, he parapara i heke mai i ōna kaumātua, i ōna kaukuia o te Tai Rāwhiti. Waiho mā ana mahi ōna pūkenga, tōna koi e kōrero.

Rise Tānetehiringa and bring forth the light upon the mountain, Hikurangi. Rise Te Manu-a-Tāne and shine light upon the tribe who gave us the translator of this work. Rise Tamanuiterā above his subtribes, Te Whānau a Tapuhi and Te Whānau a Te Aopare. 

Let us celebrate his mountain, Hikurangi, his river, Waiapu and his iwi Ngāti Porou.

On the 8th of April 1988 Greg Koia was born in his hometown, in Gisborne. He was raised by his grandmother, Ema Te Matemihikore Koia and his grandfather Hēmi Tuapawa. 

From 2007 to 2014 he studied and worked at the University of Waikato. During his time there he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. Greg is also an alumni of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (The Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language).

2007 was the year Greg first stood with the haka group, Te Pou o Mangatāwhiri. Composition of traditional

Māori song is what he enjoys doing most. He has composed an abundance of song for both Te Matatini and the Tainui Regional competitions.

Greg is a product of his ancestors of Te Tai Rāwhiti and his work reflects his skills and wit.

Books that Greg Koia contributed to: