Current Projects

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Music

Rā te rongo kino (te hau mai nei) is a new work for orchestra composed in response to the Christchurch Mosque shootings of March 15, 2019. It will be performed in 2019 by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at three concerts, the first of which will take place in Auckland Town Hall, 29 June at 3pm.

Te Taenga mai is a new work for taonga pūoro and choir (with some accompaniment) to be performed by the Mercury Bay Choir, Whitianga, Coromandel in October 2019, as part of the commemorations marking the passage of 250 years since the arrival of Cook in Aotearoa in 1769.

Research

The Springs of Rangiātea is a new book project. It will be an easy-to-use introduction to mātauranga Māori for general audiences. The purpose of the book is to:

  • Assert and explain the value and ‘creative potential’ of mātauranga Māori - to inspire people as to the value and beauty of mātauranga Māori

  • Support the various settings (such as those noted above) where mātauranga Māori is being used - by providing a ‘place to start’ for meaningful discussions and practical tools for the creative use of about mātauranga Māori

  • Foster a national conversation about mātauranga Māori - while respecting local/iwi/hapū/whānau diversity and ‘ownership’ - to enable the contribution of mātauranga Māori to ‘nation building’

The project will be completed in 2020.