My name is Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal and I am a composer (and occasional performer) of music and stories; I am a teacher (researcher, writer, public speaker) of indigenous knowledge, mātauranga Māori and iwi histories and traditions; and I am a leader (manager, advisor, supporter) in the arena of indigenous arts, culture and education. I belong to the Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi peoples and am passionate about creativity and indigeneity.
Music is my first love, particularly composing music. 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.
My second passion is indigenous knowledge, including mātauranga Māori and iwi/tribal histories and traditions. I love to research, teach, and speak on these topics. I have been on a long and ongoing journey into the world of indigenous knowledge and I love to share the wonders and treasures that I have discovered there. You can learn more about my work in indigenous knowledge, mātauranga Māori and iwi histories and traditions here.
Finally, I also lead by managing, supporting and advising projects and teams. I do this particularly (but not exclusively) in the fields of indigenous arts, culture, heritage and education. This includes through formal managerial roles as well as through providing advice and support to projects and teams. Currently, I am Director of Ngā Manu Atarau: Communities, Repatriation, Sector Development at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. Previously, I was Professor of Indigenous Development at the University of Auckland (2009-2014) and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, Ōtaki (1996-2002). You can read more about my leadership activities here.
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