Christchurch and The South Island (although willing to travel further if the need is great).
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
Ka tiripou taku manu kāhu ki te keokeonga a Aoraki, kua tae mai te kāhu ki te whakaraupō moana. Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School (Bachelor of Performing Arts, Acting -2009) University of Canterbury (Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning - 2014) University of Canterbury (Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership - current). My area of research is how storytelling as a methodology contributes towards social change. My passions are Mātauraka Māori, The Arts and Education - 2019 has included;
- Managing our Marae Website
- Writing our Marae Strategic Plan
- Writing the Lyttelton Museum Cultural Narrative
- Delivering theatre workshops at Chch kura
- Presentations on NZ History at Chch kura
- Narrating Peter and the Wolf in English and Te Reo Māori
- Producing and performing Toi Amai: Papa in Wellington, Rotorua and Christchurch
- Producing and performing Kāwai
- I sit on various Boards and recently oversaw ARA’s proposed G Dip and MCA programmes as a member of the NZQA Panel I am focused on developing a strong creative sector in Ōtautahi/Chch and Te Waipounamu so that our artists continue to live and work in their own tūrangawaewae/place to stand.
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
- Theatre credits include; Peter and The Wolf (CSO), Kāwai, Toi Amai: Papa, Astroman (The Court Theatre), The Motor Camp; Hui; He Kura E Huna Ana (Taki Rua), The Biggest (The Court Theatre), Songs To The Judges (The Free Theatre); Party Time; The Prophet (Tawata Productions) Mo & Jess Kill Susie (BATS Theatre); Macbeth, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Toi Whakaari), and Troilus and Cressida/Toroihi Rāua Ko Kāhira (Ngakau Toa).
- Television credits include The Prophet and working in production for various Māori Television shows.
- Film credits include The Pā Boys; White Lies, Shopping For One and Inc’d.
- In 2012, I travelled to the United Kingdom with Troilus and Cressida/Toroihi Rāua Ko Kāhira (Ngakau Toa) to perform at The Globe in London as part of the Globe to Globe season. I was nominated for a Chapman Tripp Award for Supporting Actress of the Year.
- In 2020 I will; Direct Taki Rua's Te Reo Māori season of Nga Manu Rōreka (February), join the NZ Delegation to Hawaii's Festival Of Pacific Arts where we will present Toi Amai: Papa (June), write, produce and direct Tūmahana: Exchange as part of the CSO's Presents Series and in collaboration with the Chch Circus Collective (August).
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I am a fully registered Teacher having taught in the Aranui community for 5 years where I started with a year 0/1 class and finished with year 7-13 students, some of whom I continue to mentor within the arts. I continue to act, produce, direct, write cultural narratives, provide support to my hapū and study, I am also able to offer theatre arts programmes not just to kura but within various community settings around Aotearoa. During my teaching career I have;
- Secured 30+ scholarships and funded opportunities for students including with The Court Theatre, Circotica Circus School and The National Māori Theatre Hui, 2018
- Designed and delivered theatre-based professional development workshops to staff
- Liaised with local and national arts organisations to deliver a diverse school-wide programme of events
- Integrated Ao Māori practice and performance into the arts curriculum
- Maintained multi-agency partnerships to deliver holistic teaching to some of Christchurch’s most vulnerable young people
- Taught Years 0 - 13. Collaborative Teaching. Open Plan Classrooms.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
In many ways, this funding will support the mahi I already do and wish to do more of. Unfortunately for many kura, my programmes are not funded and therefore our time together is always limited. I am currently working with a learning village and a High School to develop a performing arts plan for 2020 which includes a schools tour and public performance (necessary to develop creatives skills). I believe the 'Creatives In Schools' opportunity would greatly support these programmes and many rangatahi would benefit. If we are successful in securing funding I will work diligently with kura to send a more detailed proposal through. As identified in the He Waka Urungi National Māori Theatre Survey (2018), kura-to-industry ‘bridges’ are our priority which is in keeping with the Ngāi Tahu principle of ‘mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri, ā muri ake nei’ - ‘for us and our children after us’, subsequently the recent Creative NZ and NZ on Air creative professionals survey highlighted the need to capture rangatahi between the ages of 18-24 if they are to develop critical skills to sustain them in their artistic careers. Kō rere nei āku mihi kia koutou.