Hariata Gordine-Akuhata & Abhinav Batta


Hariata Gordine-Akuhata & Abhinav Batta Photos courtesy of Andy Taylor

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Hariata Gordine-Akuhata


Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Taupo te moana
Ko Tuwharetoa te iwi
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata
Ko Hariata Gordine-Akuhata toku ingoa
Kiaora. I was born in Taupo. I attended Taupo Primary, Taupo Intermediate and Taupo College, where I met my Husband Bill. We now have 2 beautiful daughters Paige & Kamryn and a Dark Chocolate Lab Zeus.

I have chosen to “try and dance” for Dancing for Life Education in Partnership with Tall Poppy Real Estate because:

  1. It looks like so much fun! Hard work but fun.
  2. I love a challenge! Dancing is definitely out of my comfort zone but bring it on!
  3. It is an amazing opportunity to help raise funds for an awesome cause. I contract as a trainer to Empower Fitness, helping others to create better habits around food, exercise and their overall general health and well-being. If we can educate children at a young age, the skills and habits they learn can be carried with them through to adulthood.

I’m really looking forward to working alongside everyone to help make this a fun, entertaining and successful night.

Abhinav Batta

My name is Abhinav and people usually remember my name by saying *had enough Abhinav*. I am surrounded by two lovely girls my wife Anshika and daughter Amaira. I am very passionate about Taupo which has been my home for over 11 years. I wear different hats everyday which includes running a busy restaurant and helping my wife run a cafe as well as being part of the Taupo business chamber.

Why I am dancing this year- I love to be part of a good cause and also like to test my abilities. Dancing is not something which comes naturally to me but I am sure my mother will be very proud of me because she loves dancing.

One line to describe me in this situation- Not a good dancer and you will be in for a great laugh! Looking forward to accomplishing this challenge


  • Teacher: Stacey "Stussy" Jacobs

    Stussy from Misfitz Dance Studio has been teaching dance for over 15 years teaching Hip Hop, Zumba Fitness, Adult, Aqua and Fitness classes to all ages and abilities in New Zealand and Overseas.

    Misfitz thrive on giving students the chance to express themselves in a more creative outlet, building confidence and self-esteem, and give the opportunity to build their dance careers in local and national events.

    She is excited and honoured to be a part of Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Tall Poppy Real Estate and is ready to put the dancers through their paces!

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