Rikihana Kingi leads Te Mauri Kapa Haka and is a father, husband, and entrepreneur born and bred in Rotorua. He gained employment as a cultural entertainer at the Rotorua International, now Holiday Inn, and Te Puia, and many other hotels that offered cultural experiences in Rotorua.
After performing Maori performing arts to visitors, he was given a supervising role for all performing entertainers which included ensuring the running of the shows was satisfactory and planning the show content. He has spent 21 years in Maori performing arts, and for the past six years, along with his business partner Timua Brennan, has been running cultural entertainment shows on the Lakeland Queen. In 2001 he toured New Zealand as a kapa haka performer in Te Matarae, collaborating with the Royal NZ Ballet. His Kapa Haka group have a long history of success in both regional and national competitions, including gaining first place in the 2010 Te Matarae Regionals and becoming National Overall Winners in 2011.
The name Te Mauri was established in 2000 under the tutelage of a great leader and inspirational woman in the Maori Performing Arts arena, the late Taini Morrison. Rikihana describes the group as being ”many talented and strong individuals that would get together and let our performance speak for itself”. The group has performed all over NZ and around the world.