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Kelburn Normal School

Region: Wellington

Art form: Multi-disciplinary

Project name: Performing Maui 

Creative name: Rawiri Hindle, Bert Van Dijk

Project information: The kaupapa of our proposal is for teachers, students, and community to create and perform a cycle of plays inspired by the stories of Maui, and other similar heroes, in order to provide ūkaipō to participants. Linked to our strategic goal of strengthening Hauora, the value of ūkaipō relates to an activity or place that revitalises life force and overcomes difficulties. Maui restored the vision of his wife Hine and is thus seen as the Bringer of Light and Life. Children and adults alike delight in the creative playfulness of heroes like Maui, Hermes, Loki, etc. – they exemplify the courage, resilience, resourcefulness, curiosity, humour, and inventiveness needed to meet challenges. Retelling these stories using a culturally-responsive, devising framework will engage diverse learners, and strengthen their Whakamana, voice, and Key Competencies. Quality outcomes will flow from this design, especially as it is bicultural, embodied (through Nga Toi Māori and performing arts), and coherent with our successful dialogic/multiliteracies pedagogy and ongoing practice-based research into ako. We will monitor and assess outcomes through this research; data will include multimedia recordings and student voice. Ūkaipō will be coordinated with Manaakitanga, Rangatiratanga, Kotahitanga, and Whanaungatanga to provide the guiding principles in the creative process.

Project status: In progress

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