Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020

Reo Māori SongHubs Announced - Applications Open

We're delighted to announce that applications are now open for our new Reo Māori SongHubs Program 2020, and will close at 5pm on Monday 28 September.

Reo Māori SongHubs Waimārama 2020

When: Monday 16 November to Friday 20 November
Where: Waimārama Marae in Hawkes Bay

What: Reo Māori SongHubs is a collaborative songwriting wānanga presented by APRA AMCOS with the generous support of Te Māngai Pāho. Reo Māori SongHubs brings together experts in music creation and waiata reo Māori to collaborate with a mixture of our best and brightest songwriters, artists and producers. 

The curator of the program will be Aotearoa's own superstar/producer/collaborator Joel Little, while pre-eminent mātanga reo/language specialist and songwriter Sir Tīmoti Kāretu will be the reo curator. Four other mātanga reo/songwriters Pānia Papa, Leon Te Heketū Blake, Kingi Kiriona and Jeremy Tātere MacLeod will guide and assist with the sessions.  

How SongHubs works:

Reo Māori SongHubs is a week long program held at Waimārama Marae in Hawkes Bay. Each day you will be assigned a different group to write a song with. This group will consist of a producer/engineer, a Māori language consultant/mātanga reo (see below), a ‘lead’ songwriter (for whom you are writing a song), and one other songwriter. These groups will each inhabit a separate space for the day.  
Each songwriter will get the opportunity to be a 'lead' songwriter at least once, and will work with different producers and mātanga reo across the week. 

Eligibility criteria:

You are eligible to apply for Reo Māori SongHubs 2020 if:

  • You are an elected Full Writer Member of APRA
  • You are either a) able to demonstrate commercial success or a strong track record of audience and industry support within the past two years OR b) have a manager, record company, or music publisher, supporting your career
  • You have a recording scheduled for release during the 12 months following Reo Māori SongHubs 2020 and a clear plan for its dissemination
  • You are keen and willing to collaborate with other artists, songwriters and producers
  • You are willing to be photographed and filmed throughout the Reo Māori SongHubs program for APRA's promotional purposes
  • You are willing to make yourself available for media relating to Reo Māori SongHubs 2020, and for your image and biography to be used in association with this and future SongHubs events
  • You are available for the FULL duration of Reo Māori SongHubs 2020 including the pōwhiri at Waimārama Marae on Monday 16 November at 11am to Friday 20 November available daily from 9.30am to 8pm, departing on Saturday 21 November
  • You are a student or speaker of te reo Māori (you could be at the start of your reo Māori journey, or more experienced - the key is that you are keen to learn and use the language!)

We are offering the following positions for Reo Māori SongHubs 2020

- 4 producers/engineers  
- 8 songwriters 
Travel, accommodation and meals will be provided.  

Please fill out the application to be considered for one of these positions


Introducing our Music Curator, Reo Curator, and our Mātanga Reo | Māori language consultants

Joel Little is a Grammy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated, multi-platinum certified songwriter, producer, and musician. 
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Little is best known for his work helping craft the sleek, minimalist art-pop songs of Lorde, Taylor Swift, Khalid, Broods, and Jarryd James.

Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been a teacher of te reo Māori for over 60 years, including as a Senior Lecturer and Professor at the University of Waikato, and as co-founder and an Executive Director of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori, the Institute of Excellence in Māori Language.

Sir Tīmoti was appointed the inaugural Māori Language Commissioner in 1987, worked at Te Kohanga Reo National Trust as Executive Director, and is an award-winning author of books about the language, waiata and haka. He has been involved with kapa haka all his life as a performer, tutor, judge and songwriter. Most recently he has translated contemporary songs into Māori as well as collaborating to write new material with the band Six60. Sir Tīmoti Kāretu was created Knight Companion of the Order of New Zealand in 2017.

Pānia Papa (Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta) was a Lecturer in Māori Studies at Waikato University for 20 years, before her involvement at Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori. She is currently developing a new Masters programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Pānia has produced and presented reo Māori content for television including the reversioning of children’s animations, and language learning programmes. She is a singer, songwriter and performer of contemporary and traditional waiata. In 2019, Pānia was honoured at the Matariki Awards for her work in the revitalisation of te reo Māori.  

Leon Te Heketū Blake (Ngāti Kahungunu, Waikato, Te Whānau-a-Apanui Te Arawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Taranaki, Ngāti Porou) has been a teacher of te reo Māori at tertiary institutions and kura reo around the country. An educator and integral part of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori for 15 years, Te Heketū is now working with Pānia and Tīmoti to establish the new Masters programme with an additional focus on community language revitalisation planning. He has recently translated a Harry Potter book into Māori as part of the Kotahi Rau Pukapuka initiative. Te Heketū is a songwriter, composer and musician using waiata to support teaching Māori with his students.  

Kingi Kiriona (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) is an educator, a kapa haka exponent, composer and broadcaster. He is the founder and managing director of Tupu Ora Education and Development Ltd, which focuses on building Māori capability for iwi and public sector agencies. Kingi is a songwriter and leader of Te Iti Kahurangi kapa haka, consistently making finalist selection at Te Matatini National competitions.

Jeremy Tātere MacLeod (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Raukawa) was born and raised in Australia but moved home to Aotearoa in his teens to learn about the language, culture and whakapapa. He is now a certified translator, and Director of Te Reo & Tikanga for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated while studying toward his PhD examining the future of tribal dialects. A graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori, he won the 2017 Supreme Individual Award at Te Taura Whiri Tohu Reo Māori for the implementation of Māori language initiatives and is involved in waiata composition and recordings.

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