Dilworth's 2022 Performer of the Year: Taipuhi King
For Taipuhi King, music is and has always been a family affair. When he was named Dilworth’s Performer of the Year for 2022, it came as no surprise to his family who watched Taipuhi fall in love with performing throughout his schooling years.
“For as long as I can remember, my parents have always been musical. As soon as I started school, they encouraged me to get involved with musical groups like kapa haka, band and choir,” Taipuhi explains.
His siblings were his first musical role models and mentors, helping Taipuhi learn his craft after joining Dilworth’s Junior Campus choir.
“My brother Morgan is an extremely talented singer in the NZ Opera. When I joined my very first choir, he helped me learn my parts and become a better singer. I also remember my two brothers showing me videos of Divinitus performing at the Big Sing. I would watch those videos repeatedly and was so excited to one day be a part of that experience,” said Taiphui.
Many years’ after watching the videos on repeat, Taipuhi fulfilled his wish and performed at this year’s Big Sing Finale in Christchurch.
“Big Sing has been the biggest highlight in my performing arts journey so far. It was incredibly special performing with my close friends and meeting new people from around the country,” he said.
Taipuhi King (middle front row) leading the Divinitus Choir as the Head Chorister at the Big Sing finale in Christchurch.
Performing in front of family and friends is what Taipuhi loves most about being on stage.
“The hours of rehearsing and practicing pays off when you get on stage. My favourite part of performing is seeing my family and friends in the audience and knowing I am sharing my skills and hard work with the people I love most,” he said.
His Big Sing experience was made even more special by performing Dilworth’s waiata E Rangi E, composed especially for the choir by his father Taituwha King.
“Performing E Rangi E was such an honour, as we showed the audience the beauty of Māori music. It was also special because the song was composed and gifted by my own father, who has always supported my musical ambitions,” Taipuhi explains.
With all his accomplishments in singing, including leading Divinitus as the choir’s Head Chorister and singing in the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, Taipuhi is also a talented actor. In 2022, he won the KAM Talent Best Actor Awards for his performance in Richard III with Diocesan School for Girls.
Taipuhi performing at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.
As Taipuhi prepares to graduate from Dilworth at the end of this year, he is deciding between studying Musical Studies or Drama at university.
“I still don’t know where or what I’m going to study, but I know that I will continue my journey in the performing arts. Music and acting are my passion and I’m not ready to give that up just yet.”