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MENZA NCEA Music Significant Learning Workshops: Delving into Te Ao Māori: Exploring Musical Histories and Tikanga

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - July 9 @ 7:00 pm


Facilitators: Horomona Horo and Kelly Kahukiwa

Hosted by: MENZA and NEX

Embark on a more profound learning journey through a Te Ao Māori lens with Taonga Puoro practitioners Horomona Horo and Kelly Kahukiwa. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich musical histories and tikanga (customs) inherent in Te Ao Māori. Participants will gain insight into key concepts such as ‘ihi’ (pride), ‘wehi’ (fear), and ‘wana’ (excitement) and deepen their understanding of traditional composition techniques and tikanga. Moreover, the workshop will delve into essential Te Ao Māori concepts within Te Ao Puoro (the Māori musical world).

Through Zoom-facilitated kōrero, each lasting 60 minutes, participants will engage with two Significant Learning Areas (SLAs) per session. The overarching aim is to provide a comprehensive exploration of Te Ao Māori perspectives within the realm of music, fostering understanding and appreciation among participants.

Workshop 1: Tuesday 7th May, 6pm. Recorded Session

  • Explore the musical histories of their whakapapa – Pepeha, Themed, National/Tribe/Cultural Significance. *Taonga Puoro history, birth of kapa haka, whalers.
  • Experience how music can communicate stories, knowledges, and ideas   

Workshop 2: Tuesday 14th May, 6pm. Recorded Session

  • Explore how identity can be expressed through music   
  • Understand how music is a waka to explore diverse worldviews   

Workshop 3: Tuesday 21st May, 6pm. ZOOM link

  • Understand how diverse contexts inform creative musical output  
  • Develop an understanding of how music from te ao Māori is guided by tikanga  

Workshop 4: Tuesday 28th May, 6pm. ZOOM link

  • Develop insights into how te ao Māori concepts such as ihi, wehi, and wana are experienced in Māori music contexts 
  • Consider how ihi, wehi, and wana may relate to personal music making 

Workshop 5: Tuesday 4th June, 6pm. ZOOM link

  • Explore how music styles from different contexts are expressed in unique ways through combining and shaping music concepts  
  • Experiment with music tools and concepts when composing or performing music, for intended effects 

Workshop 6: Tuesday 11th June, 6pm. ZOOM link

  • Engage in different ways of creating original music 
  • Practise aural skills and develop listening repertoire  

Workshop 7: Tuesday 18th June, 6pm. ZOOM link

  • Explore technological skills for music-making   
  • Strengthen instrumental or vocal skills through reflection, practice, and dedication 

Workshop 8: Tuesday 25th June, 6pm. ZOOM link

  • Engage in creating and performing music within a range of contexts and settings
  • Explore visual representation styles and aural systems to preserve or pass music on.


May 21 @ 6:00 pm
July 9 @ 7:00 pm
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