Current Projects 2019/20

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Music

Rā te rongo kino (te hau mai nei) is a new work for kapa haka and orchestra composed in response to the Christchurch Mosque shootings of March 15, 2019. It was premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with Taniwha Ventures on the 29th of June, 2019, at the Auckland Town Hall. It was performed again at the Trust Stadium, Waitakere on 27 July and at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, on October 19.

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.

Consultancy

Ministry of education July-sep 2019

The Ministry of Education has engaged me to write a ‘think piece’ report on mātauranga Māori addressing the following three questions:

  • What is Mātauranga Māori?

  • What is the Value and Significance of Mātauranga Māori?

  • What is the role of the Ministry of Education?

Additionally, I have been asked to deliver three presentations on these questions to Ministry staff as part of the development of their policy work pertaining to mātauranga Māori in New Zealand’s education system.