SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music | Toi Te Arapūoru will be hosting a Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop in Wellington. 

Date: Saturday, 4 April 2020
Time: 9am – 6.30pm
Venue: Te Haukainga, Level 1, 274-278 Taranaki Street, Wellington

Cost per participant (includes lunch): Standard Price: $25.00 | Student Price: $15.00

You are most welcome to attend as an observer (not actively participating in the afternoon Composer Collaborations session). The registration fee remains the same.

Payment of the registration fee will confirm your place in the wānanga. When making payment, please include your name, email, physical address and phone number. Click an option below to register and make payment:

Standard Registration – $25

Registration (Student Rate) – $15


Wānanga | Workshop Outline

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.

Workshop Schedule

Te Wā | Time Tūnga | Session Kaiwhakataki | Presenter / Facilitator
9:00am Tae-ā-tinana | Arrival & Sign in Participants
9:30am Whakatau, Mihimihi | Welcome, Introductions Adrian Tangaroa Wagner

Diana Marsh 


10:30am Music Funding Organisations Presentation Te Māngai Pāho

NZ Music Commission

Creative New Zealand

11:45am Ko te tātai whetū  Ariana Tikao and 

Phil Brownlee

12:15pm Collaboration theme & group announcement Toni Huata, Karlo Margetic, Leone Venter
12:30pm Tina | Lunch
1:00pm Oro Atua – Taonga Puoro Jerome Kavanagh
3:00pm Paramanawa | Refreshments  (if needed)
3:15pm Composer Collaboration  Composers 
5:15pm Paramanawa | Afternoon tea
5:30pm Showing Composers 
6:30pm Whakakapi | Conclusion


SOUNZ is proud to host its second wānanga which builds on the success of the previous workshop. This wānanga is for composers of all genres and will provide participants of our previous wānanga with new insights, understanding and knowledge of the deeper practices of taonga puoro. We also look forward to welcoming composers who couldn’t attend our first wānanga, who will also gain knowledge and inspiration from the day.

The wānanga aims to encourage collaborations among composers of all genres, and we encourage participants to network and build partnerships.

We welcome you all to this promising event and look forward to many amazing outcomes.

Diana Marsh
Executive Director | Tumu Whakarae
SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music | Toi te Arapūoru


I am very proud that SOUNZ is hosting our second wānanga for our composers to invoke rich collaborative relationships and a deeper insight into the world of taonga puoro. We are honoured with the calibre of presenters that again have been so generous in supporting us with this kaupapa. Their wealth of knowledge is extensive, insightful and mana enhancing. All who attend will be inspired and enlightened by what is shared. I look forward to new collaborative relationships, increased knowledge in funding for music projects and some stunning compositions by the end of the wānanga. The Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga is for composers interested in creating new work, understanding Māori concepts within composition, and continuing the evolution of the Aotearoa music. We will also have some space for participants and developing composers who wish to observe the presenters and composer collaborations on the day. Come with an open heart and much will be received.

Nō reira, e ngā manu tioriori, ngā manu whakatangitangi, nau mai, haere mai ki te wānanga me ōna tini kaupapa. E mihi kau ana ki Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Te Puni Kōkiri me Toi Aotearoa mō te putea tautoko. Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa.

Toni Huata
Kaihautū Puoro Māori | Director of Māori Music
SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music | Toi te Arapūoru


SOUNZ would like to thank Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori | Māori Language Commission, Te Puni Kōkiri and Creative New Zealand for kindly supporting the Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop.