People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
Joseph Campbell, 'The Power of Myth'
I love this quote from American mythologist Joseph Campbell. It resonates deeply with me. I have always been a creative person - always looking for inspiration and possibility. Creating knowledge, analyses and ideas, composing and performing stories and music are ultimately about the experience of being alive, about achieving the fullness of life.
I am an independent researcher, teacher and consultant of indigenous knowledge and indigenous development. I am also a freelance composer, musician and storyteller. I compose music and stories for chamber groups, choirs and orchestras. I have also composed popular songs, have experimented with mātauranga Māori approaches to music making and lead the development of the modern whare tapere. Read about my current projects here.
indigenous knowledge and development
I have long had a deep interest in indigenous knowledge, mātauranga Māori and iwi/tribal histories and traditions. More broadly, I have been keen to explore the ‘creative potential’ of indigenous Māori communities, knowledge, assets and resources. I am a researcher, teacher and consultant of indigenous knowledge and indigenous development and you can learn more about my work here.
music and story
I am also a composer of music and story. I create music for soloists, chamber groups and orchestras. I have also composed for choirs, written popular waiata/songs and have experimented with traditional Māori approaches to music making. My music making has a strong storytelling dimension as I love the combination of music and story! Occasionally, I also perform music and you can learn more about my music and storymaking experiences here.
Click on the links below to read a brief overview of my qualifications, working career, previous committee roles, awards and publications. See also a media link containing profile statements and images.
My iwi-tribal affiliations are Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi.