Emma Paki gives others a chance to follow their dreams

Taroi Black

He rongonui a Emma Paki mō ōna pūkenga waiata me te tito waiata. Neke atu i te toru tekau tau te uri nei o Mataatua e mahi ana i te ao puoro, kua ngahau i te taha o ētahi ingoa rongonui pēnei i a Sheryl Crow me Crowded House. Hei koha ki te iwi, kei te whakahaere wānanga tito waiata ia i roto o Tāmaki herenga tangata.

I roto i ngā tiriti tapu o Onehunga he rōpū rangatahi e hiahia ana ki te ako ki te tito waiata.

Ko wai i tū atu i te kaiwaia rongonui o Aotearoa a Emma Paki hei arataki i tēnei hunga ki te whai i a rātou ake moemoea i roto i ngā mahi puoro.

Ko tā Angell Rawinia, “I was shocked. I was surprised because this is my first time meeting her in real life and at a real studio.”

Hei tā Emma Paki, “My job is to facilitate in their learning. You know how people talk, speak or korero or converse with each other that's all it is with Music. It's the same thing really. But people need to know that they can do it, so that is my job.”

“I was up until, me and Max the base were up until 4:30 this morning preparing everything so i thought "OMG it is a lot of work," ko tā Paki.

Koinei tōna wānanga puoro tuatahi, mōna ka whakarewa i raro i te mana whakahāere o tōna ake kamupene a Auckland Music Services, e tāea ai te hunga pēra i tēnei rōpū o Paeroa ki te takahi i te arawhānui. 

Tā Paki, “I was invited to rob a bank when I was in my 20's by a friend I could've done that with him and he was sentenced to six years in prison. A month or so later I was at the Music awards winning awards. Which one do I want to rob a bank and get caught or do something good and make a living?”

I roto i ā mātou uiuitanga ka titoniga te rōpū he waiata hei whakanui i a Whakaata Maori.

Hei tā Paki, “Personally I’d like people who need to make it, people who like to make a choice of crime or no crime and use creativity instead to help express their feelings.”