Rickylee Russell-Waipuka

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Rickylee Russell-Waipuka is best known for her role as Chardonnay in the 2010 film Boy. She was a member of the kapa haka group Ngā Puna o Waiōrea from Western Springs College when they took out the Polyfest titles in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, she was a cast member in television series Waka Warriors. The following year, she had a role in the television series This is Piki. Rickylee then landed a minor role and dance position for a haka-theatre production by Hawaiki Tū, Te Manawa in 2016. The show went on tour around the North Island and, in 2017, was presented at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Later in 2017, she was cast as one of the dancers featured in Stan Walker’s music video, New Takeover. Most recently, Rickylee has been working on a short film called I Am Paradise in the lead role.

Rickylee has returned home, not long ago, from a 10-week tour around Canada, performing and assisting in running haka workshops for women at Sākihiwē festival in Winnipeg, Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit, Small World Music Festival in Toronto, a community festival in collaboration with a First Nations group Ta Na Wa Kawstemin in Squamish, British Columbia, and, finally, at the Edge of the World Music Festival in Haida Gwaii.

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