Waimihi Hotere is a creative connector. Driven to bring people opportunities to shine, Waimihi works in TV, film, theatre and music. Vivacious and colourful, she’ll win you over with a striking vulnerability – in fact it’s hard to nail her down for a role because she’s always passing them on to people she thinks will “do a better job.” She has a considered, reassuring manner, and humility that’s surprising to anyone watching her belt out the high notes on stage.
Waimihi trained at the NZ Drama School and has a Master’s in Applied Indigenous Knowledge. She performed in and produced the Māori Troilus and Cressida, and recently appeared in the celebrated feature length film by wāhine Māori, Waru. She’s rocked the stage at WOMAD and the Byron Bay Blues Festival with electronica/taonga pūoro quartet, Ngā Tae.
In her off-stage life, she’s developed television resources for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, provided advisory services with Creative Waikato and was General Manager for Ngā Aho Whakaari: Māori in Screen Production Inc. Waimihi is currently stirring things up with Tainui Waka Tourism, embedding the rangatahi theatre programme, Tīrama throughout the Waikato, designing wānanga to strengthen whakapapa links in Maniapoto and establishing at least two businesses. Her lifelong passion for culture and the arts has led her to this point in her life; a point where she finds herself stopping, digging deep, telling herself, “Deliver on the promise, Waimihi,” and simply not looking back.
Waimihi’s tribal affiliations are Te Aupouri, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Wai and Armstrong Clan.