ABOUT

Kia ora!
Welcome to my website where you can learn about me and my work. I am an independent researcher, teacher and consultant of indigenous knowledge and indigenous development. I am passionate about indigenous creativity and innovation and have worked in this field for many years. I am also a freelance composer, musician and storyteller. I compose music for chamber groups, choirs and orchestras. I have also composed popular songs and have experimented with mātauranga Māori approaches to music making. I also compose stories and lead the development of the modern whare tapere. Read about my current projects here.


indigenous knowledge and development

Speaking at James Cook University, Queensland, 2012

Speaking at James Cook University, Queensland, 2012

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.

Performing at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Waikato University, Hamilton, 2010

Performing at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Waikato University, Hamilton, 2010

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.


Further information

During my time as Professor of Indigenous Knowledge, University of Auckland 2009-2014

During my time as Professor of Indigenous Knowledge, University of Auckland 2009-2014

Click 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.

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