Kawiti Waetford sees himself as a Māuipreneur, taking strength from Māui to himself become someone who breaks moulds and redefines what is possible for the rangatahi of Aotearoa.
He feels inspired by Māui, who he sees as an innovator, and someone who challenges the status quo, someone who pushes the boundaries of what we know and are comfortable with.
He is an established New Zealand opera singer; after a Degree in Music Majoring in Classical Voice Performance from Otago University, Kawiti travelled to the UK to complete a Master’s in Advanced Vocal Studies. He was mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, training and performing internationally.
However, Kawiti and his wife, Jesse, felt a calling back to Aotearoa New Zealand to focus on whānau in 2019, which led them to starting their new business venture, Modern Rituals.