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. I have always been a creative person. Everyday I look 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 research, teach and write on aspects of iwi histories, traditions and knowledge and how we may use these things today. I also 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. A particular passion of mine is the development of the modern whare tapere. Read about my current projects here.
indigenous knowledge and development
Indigenous knowledge - including iwi histories, traditions and mātauranga Māori generally - is one of the great taonga or treasures of our nation. I have long had a deep interest in this body of cultural knowledge and I daily explore its ‘creative potential’ in the world today. This interest has lead me to explore more broadly the ‘creative potential’ of indigenous Māori communities and also how indigeneity itself may yet become an important wisdom for all humanity in the future. I am a researcher, teacher and consultant on indigenous knowledge and indigenous development and you can learn more about my work here.
music and story
Music and storytelling is one of humankind’s great treasures - a mystical, magical thing that we do and which transforms our experience of the world. I compose music and stories for soloists, chamber groups, choirs and orchestras. I compose popular waiata/songs, have experimented with traditional Māori approaches to music making and I occasionally perform as well. One of my big music/storytelling projects is the whare tapere - iwi ‘houses’ of storytelling, music, dance, puppetry, games and other entertainments. 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 link to profile statements and images.
My iwi-tribal affiliations are Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi. My home papakāinga is Waimangō, within Ngāti Whanaunga, on the shores of the Firth of Thames, Hauraki. My marae (among others) is Wharekawa, Whakatīwai, Kaiaua.