Pikiteora Mura-Hita wins Homai Te Pakipaki Season 2

It was a nail-biting finish that went down to the absolute wire – but the young Pukekohe songstress with the golden voice got there in the end.

Pikiteora Mura-Hita, 18, was named the winner on Friday night of Maori Television’s cult live karaoke show, HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI.

The title, the mana – and the $10,000 prize money – are now hers. But even minutes before the announcement by host Te Hamua Nikora, the leaderboard really looked as if it would go someone else’s way.

Kawerau high school student Tennielle Graham and Na’u Cummings from Otaki had been in the lead almost throughout the night, and were still frontrunners when Piki began her song – ‘Ain’t Nobody’, by Chaka Khan.

The last singer of the night, she had just minutes to rake in the votes and have any chance of pipping her main rivals at the post.

Yet that is just what happened.

“I was coming third and then fourth, and I was like, ‘I can’t jump up there in a couple of minutes!’ So I was really surprised and stoked to get there,” says Piki.

Since winning she says she’s had great support and recognition from ‘random people’, especially in her hometown of Pukekohe: “I’ve just had mean support back home.”

Despite her youth, Mura-Hita (Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua, Waikato, Maniapoto, Ngati Paoa), is no newcomer to performance.

Currently a student at MAINZ in central Auckland, she has majored in vocals, and describes it as “the only reason I wake up in the morning – knowing I’m going somewhere I love.”

A part-timer at Pukekohe’s Number One Shoe Warehouse, Piki has been singing as long as she can remember. She is currently in a whanau kapa haka group, Ngati Rangimahora, and she also sings in a band called ‘Phatmatics’, which plays original material.

She first performed on HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI in June, winning her heat and $1000, and the chance to come back for the semi and grand finals. She says she’s nervous about the grand final, but she’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

The HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI Grand Final was on September 26 at the Beaumont Centre in Freeman’s Bay, where over 2,000 fans gathered for a great night’s entertainment.

Special guests were The LadyKillers, featuring Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch, Jackie Clarke and Taisha.

The other confirmed finalists joining Mura-Hita were: Stella Mitsoulis (Papatoetoe), Nganeko Eriwata (New Plymouth), Whatitiri Te Wake (Kaitaia), Na’u Cummings (Otaki), Ngahuia Kawau (Wanganui), Babette Witika (Taihape), Dariel Marino (Tolaga Bay), Tennielle Graham (Kawerau) and Letitia Hayter, a Manurewa-based student originally from Motukaraka in the Hokianga.

This is the second series of HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI, in which talented singers from all round the country come to Maori Television to sing live. Last year’s winner was Jasmine Taare, of Gisborne.

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  • ashlee bowler

    My name is Ashlee Bowler, i am the events organiser for the commercial hotel in whakatane Bay Of Plenty.
    I am trying to find something to do for maori language week, and was just wondering how would i get in touch with pikiteora mura-Hita and her band?