SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop | April 2020

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

Date: Saturday, 28 November 2020
Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Venue: Upper Chamber, Level 1, Toi Pōneke, 61 Abel Smith Street, Wellington

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

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

Building upon the success of our 2019 Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga, this wānanga will offer a more in-depth look at taonga puoro practices. It is intended for composers of any genre, at all levels of compositional development, who are interested in the history, tikanga, performance, construction and healing qualities of taonga puoro. Offering something new to all who attend, it will be an event not to be missed. 

The day will begin with a whakatau and mihimihi led by master of ceremonies Adrian Tangaroa Wagner. After morning tea, Ariana Tikao and Phil Brownlee will discuss their work Ko te tātai whetū, a large-scale concerto for taonga puoro, voice and orchestra that was 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, and 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. 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 this session, a panel of Wellington-based taonga puoro practitioners will discuss their journey within the artform of taonga puoro—from making to storytelling, from ceremonial practices to concert performances, and from composition to collaboration.

After lunch, Puoro Jerome will share his journey of 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 Kōauau that had been passed down through the generations. In his early 20s he battled depression and suicide, before finding healing through the mahi of learning about taonga puoro through making, playing and sharing. Jerome has performed internationally, and in 2011 he won a Grammy as featured solo artist and co-writer for the two-time Grammy award-winning album for best classical crossover, Calling All Dawns. His greatest work, however, has been his constant touring of schools throughout Aotearoa, sharing the art of taonga puoro with the next generations. Jerome, with 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. Along with the sharing of his personal story, Jerome will share an ORO ATUA Puoro Māori sound healing journey with participants (SOUNZ was very fortunate to work with Jerome when he was able to share ORO Atua and an introduction to Taonga Puoro over the rāhui / lockdown this year).

Bring your favourite pillow and nanny blanket!

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Te Wā | Time Tūnga | Session Kaiwhakataki | Presenters
9:30am Tae-ā-tinana | Arrival & Sign in Participants
9:45am Whakatau, Mihimihi | 

Welcome, Introductions

Adrian Wagner,

Diana Marsh


10.30pm Paramanawa o te ata | 

Morning tea, refreshments  

SOUNZ Tari, Level 3, Toi Pōneke
10:45am ‘Ko te tātai whetū’  Ariana Tikao 

Phil Brownlee

11.30 pm Taonga Puoro Panel Moderator – Adrian Wagner 

Panel – Tamihana Katene

Jerome Kavanagh, Ariana Tikao

Te Kahureremoa Taumata

Alistair Fraser, Ruby Solly

1.00pm Tina | Lunch Open mic 
2:00pm Oro Atua – Taonga Puoro Jerome Kavanagh
4:30pm Whakakapi | Conclusion
4:45pm Paramanawa o te ahiahi | 

Afternoon tea

SOUNZ Tari, Level 3, Toi Pōneke

Please note that numbers are limited.
RSVP/registration must be received by 5.00pm on Monday, 23 November.

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 in person 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 and panelists 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 and increased understanding of the artform 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 Aotearoa music. 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 kotou 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.