Hailing from Christchurch, Jesse Wikiriwhi moved to Auckland in 2002 to attend the Unitec Performing Arts degree programme. Graduating in 2004, he has forged a successful career, working alongside some of New Zealand’s top dancers and choreographers. In 2007, he joined Footnote New Zealand Dance and worked full time for three years on a variety of shows that toured nationally and internationally. He has worked very closely with Okareka Dance Company in various roles. Most recently, he was a part of the critically acclaimed work K’Rd Strip – A Place to Stand, which toured to London and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015. In 2014 and 2015, Jesse joined the NZ Opera team to choreograph La Traviata, directed by Kate Cherry, which toured Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Over the last two years, Jesse has ventured into television where, currently, he is a TV personality and resident barista on Three’s daily morning lifestyle show The Café.