Emma Paki performed over the weekend at the Ngāti Awa festival, according to her it was like a home coming.

The festival held at the Whakatāne Rugby Park on Saturday saw over 1,000 people attend the event, Emma Paki who is of Ngāti Awa says that events like this is a wonderful way to nurture Ngāti Awa youth.

I tū a Emma Paki ki roto i te huinga Ahurei o Ngāti Awa i ngā rangi whakatā o te Reipa, e ai ki a Emma he tūnga hokinga mahara tēnei ki te wā kainga.  I tū te ahurei huinga o Ngāti Awa ki Whakatāne i te Rāhoroi neke atu i te kotahi mano te hunga i tae ake ki te kaupapa nei, ki ta ngā kōrero mai a Emma Paki kāre he nui ngā mahi ma te hunga taiohi o Ngāti Awa ki konei.