Speaking Engagements, performances


Rā te rongo kino, a song in response to the Christchurch Mosque Shootings
Premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Town Hall, 29 June 2019

Matariki Community Ritual
Lead Matariki Community Ritual, 15-16 June 2019, Te Papa Amphitheatre, Wellington

Christchurch Mosque Shootings, the role of Museums
Panel member, Museums Aotearoa Conference, Te Papa, Wellington 23 May

Co-lead Dawn Service for ANZAC Day Commemorations, Kaiaua Hauraki, 15 April 2019

Vision Mātauranga: An Overview
Guest lecture, ESR All Staff Conference, Te Papa Museum, Wellington, 11 April 2019


The Romance of Paeora and Hinemāia
A new story composed by Charles Royal as part of Waka Odyssey, Kupe Dreaming, NZ Festival, 24-25 February 2018. Outdoor Ampitheatre, Te Papa, Wellington. See here.

Vision Mātauranga: An Overview
Guest lecture delivered to SCION Research, Rotorua, 12 September 2018

Vision Mātauranga: An Overview
Guest presentation to the Board of AgResearch, Christchurch, 15 November 2018


Searching for Voice, Searching for Reo: The Journey of a Bicultural Composer
A lecture with music examples delivered as the 2017 Lilburn Memorial Lecture, National Library, Wellington, 2 November 2017.  See here for audio, text and images on the Radio NZ website.

Tokotū: Karetao Puppetry Performance
Artist James Webster presents a performance for all ages to celebrate Māori Language Week. The seven puppets are each named after a god who presides over an aspect of taonga puoro musical instruments . Through them, he explores the creation story of Ranginui, Papatūānuku, and their children. Tokotū also includes other taonga puoro, along with singing, chants, and storytelling. James is accompanied by performers Hinemoa Jones, Kokowai Uamairangi, Te Amokura Uerata, Aroha Yates-Smith, Horomona Horo, Regan Balzer, Jerome Mako, Alistair Frazer, and Charles Royal. Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, 17 September 2017, 4pm


Māori Storytelling
A workshop convened by Te Reo Wainene-o-Tua, Te Hāpua Halswell Community Centre, Christchurch, 10 September 2016

 Notes on Indigeneity
A contribution to a plenary panel entitled 'Listening to Country 2' , as part of Performance Climates, July 5-9, convened by Performance Studies International, Meat Market, Arts House, Melbourne, Australia, 8 July 2016

 Māori Creativity in the Post-Treaty Settlement Future
A guest presentation to the New Zealand Studies Network, October Gallery, London, England, 20 June 2016

 Ārai-te-uru: ‘Through the Veil’: Traditional Māori Storytelling and Transformation
A keynote presentation by Charles Royal to a conference entitled ‘Presenting the Theatrical Past: Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices’, convened by the International Federation of Theatre Research, Stockholm University,  tockholm, Sweden, 13-17 June 2016