This wānanga will build on the success of our previous wānanga and offer a more in-depth
look at taonga puoro practises. It is intended for composers of all genres at all levels of
compositional development who are interested in the history, construction, tikanga and
performance of taonga puoro. It is a day not to miss and will offer something new to all who
attend.


The wananga will begin with a session that offers practical career development. Selected
music funding organisations - Te Māngai Pāho, NZ Music Commission and Creative New
Zealand will provide insight and advice on what makes a strong, successful funding
application.


Ariana Tikao and Phil Brownlee will then discuss their work Ko te tātai whetū, a large-scale
concerto for taonga puoro, voice and orchestra composed under the guidance of Richard
Nunns. The different approaches of taonga puoro and orchestral music led Ariana and Phil
to new ways of musical thinking. Since its premiere by the Christchurch Symphony
Orchestra in 2015, different versions of the work have been developed and performed by
Stroma and the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, and it will again be performed in April by the
NZSO. Ariana and Phil will talk about their creative journey, the kaupapa of the work and the
collaborative relationship that has grown from the process.

After lunch, Puoro Jerome will share his journey over twenty years spent dedicated to the
revival and regeneration of taonga puoro in Aotearoa and across the globe. Jerome’s
journey began at the age of 16 with a family-owned Koauau that had been passed down
through the generations. In his early 20s he battled depression and suicide and was healed
through the Mahi of learning about taonga puoro by making, playing and sharing. He has
performed internationally and even won a Grammy as a featured solo artist and co-writer on
the two-time Grammy award-winning album for best classical crossover, “Calling All Dawns“
(2011). His greatest work, however, has been his constant touring of schools throughout
Aotearoa, sharing the art of taonga puoro with the next generations.


Jerome and his family of taonga puoro, “Te haa o Pohokura”, has more recently revived the
ancestral practice and healing power of taonga puoro through ORO ATUA, which he is
currently touring throughout Australia and the USA. Along with sharing his personal story,
Jerome will share an ORO ATUA Puoro Māori sound healing journey with participants.
Bring your favourite pillow and nanny blanket!


The day will culminate with the sharing of compositions developed collaboratively during a 2-
hour breakout session.


Event Calendar

May

21

APRA AMCOS Boards Meet

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May

21

The annual Pacific Music Awards event celebrates Pacific music and Pacific artists. 

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Jul

23

APRA AMCOS Boards Meet

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Sep

10

The APRA Silver Scroll Awards are returning to Christchurch for the first time since 2009 to celebrate another year of excellence in New Zealand songwriting. 

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Sep

24

APRA AMCOS Boards Meet

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