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Creative ID: 175

Art form(s): Music, Ngā Toi Māori
Language(s): English, Māori
Based in: Wellington
Where I'm available:
We are available throughout the wider Wellington region. From Porirua through to Wainuiomata.
When I'm available: Time we are available: Term 1, 3 (except for September) and 4 – Monday through Thursday. We are unavailable throughout term 2 for our trip to Hawaii in June and further Matariki celebrations. We are also unavailable throughout the month of September for Mahuru Māori Celebrations.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

We are two Kura Kaupapa Māori graduates. We have been immersed in the teaching of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, Te Aho Matua and have been surrounded by positive Māori influences from day one. Ultimately we will create space for students and teachers to express kōrero pūrakau through waiata, taonga puoro. We aim to leave a lasting impression by engaging students with kōrero pūrakau and encouraging critical discussion to develop young minds and imagine new worlds, then present them back to their whānau and school community. We will also work alongside the school to create a strategy to provide support for further learning opportunities after we have fulfilled our commitment to this kaupapa.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

As a storytelling collective, we have been running for the last three years. We have performed at many of the Matariki and Te Wiki o te reo Māori events over that time. We have also been selected to travel to FestPAC 2020 in Hawaii as a part of our extended group. We have an ongoing relationship with a major art gallery in Wellington, where we provide 'cultural scaffolding' to support the engagement of kura kaupapa and Māori content within the gallery spaces. One of our most resent projects with the gallery has been to compose a waiata specifically for them that they can now sing for important events and ceremonies. We are also exploring this practice with a number of other organisations.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

For the past two years we have been working alongside students from a Wellington intermediate school as a part of their te reo Māori offering and extended Kapa Haka sessions for competition and festival performances. We are strict believers in working with students, so if a group is really taking to Ngā mahi a Rehia (strategy-based games) or Ngā mahi a Tanerore (Haka-based activities) we align the lessons to suit their needs. During Māori Language Week, we create programmes focused on taonga puoro to take in to Kura Kaupapa Māori, to give back to the tauira who often spend that week (or most recently the month) entertaining and educating the community. We bring a range of puoro for the tauira to engage with and create with, creating soundscapes for well-known kōrero pūrakau such as Rona or Rata. The past two years we have also developed a "creative response" programme alongside the education team at the Wellington gallery. We work with schools who come through the gallery to create an artistic response to the works being displayed in the gallery at the time. In previous years, students have responded through composing waiata and skits performed in the gallery space.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

"He puna mātauranga te kōrero pūrakau. I reira ka puāwai a Hinengaro, ka pōhewa he ao kē – Pūrakau are an infinite source of knowledge. It is their young minds will blossom and imagine new worlds." Our whakataukī speaks of the infinite opportunities our pūrakau hold for self-development and reflection. We create spaces to engage with kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori through waiata, puoro and kōrero pūrakau. We aim to create a positive experience with te reo me ngā tikanga Māori using the skills we have learnt through the practices of Te Whare Tapere. We are always on the lookout for opportunities to take the practices of Te Whare Tapere in to school spaces, we aim to normilise the use of traditional puoro and stories within the community which also extend to activating te reo Māori in fun, fresh, and accessible ways.

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