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Creative ID: 556

Art form(s): Dance, Multi-disciplinary, Ngā Toi Māori, Theatre
Language(s): English, Māori
Based in: Hawke’s Bay
Where I'm available:
Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay
When I'm available: I am available anytime.

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

Please see links to my facebook pages and website (available on request). The website is private, and serious interest should make direct contact.

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

An extensive list of detailed accomplishments is available on request. Key highlights include:

  • Dance Opera in Te Reo Māori. A major arts work including research and development across various artistic disciplines and community collaborators.
  • Awarded Arts Grants from Toi Aotearoa.
  • Dancer for a number of significant international bodies of work including in Venice, Vienna, London, New York, and New Zealand.
  • Presented as part of the Indigenous Dance Panel at the Conference on Research for Dance at the University of California.
  • Participated as an artist and ambassadorial leadership, an international residency, symposium, and exhibition at sites including museum and marae.
  • Recipient of the Creative NZ Indigenous exchange – toured to California.
  • Mentored Māori students from Waikato University alongside professional colleagues to collaborate with [redacted] at a renowned Arts Center in California.
  • Planned, coordinated and facilitated a five-day development workshop, as Lecturer at a New Zealand University to allow artists the opportunity to gather knowledge and awareness across the arts in tikanga Māori-based multidisciplinary setting.
  • Presented on indigenous dance at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Canada and Aotearoa.
  • Assistant to Director of Dance for Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Nations represented Hawaii, Mexico, Six Nations, Māori.
  • Dance - Kaiarahi/support creative research and mentoring for choreographer and dancers. Conceptualise, research and choreograph contemporary Māori dance performance and Ecological Interdisciplinary Arts Projects.
  • Performer and workshop facilitator.
  • Performance Manager at a Māori dance theatre. Directed, trained and inspired talented Māori performers in the art of contemporary dance.
  • Mentored students in tikanga, etiquette, and professionalism as dancers. Introduced a holistic approach to training that nurtured self-care in nutrition and physical health and well-being.
  • Co-choreographed the performance for a Waiata Māori Awards concert. 
  • Lecturer School of Māori and Pacific Development at a New Zealand University. 

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

  • Dance teacher (NCEA) at a local college. Designed and delivered the junior and senior school dance curriculum for NCEA. Assessments approved by an external moderator with 100% agreement.
  • Whakapiri Community Engagement Facilitator at a New Zealand Philharmonia Orchestra and a local dance company. Communicated with local schools, kura kaupapa, and primary, secondary and tertiary students in Auckland, with an emphasis on reaching and engaging Māori. Played an integral role in the development of workshops to incorporate a live music component. 

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

My creative practice in contemporary Māori performing arts is unique. It is birthed in this whenua, an environmental ecological practice, that connects into our Māori cosmologies. Methodology and process is key. I am best suited to an organisation or kura that is passionate and fully supportive of youth immersing in performance that relates to learning and storying kaupapa Māori. 

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