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Kia Mau Festival Production Skills Course

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Job details

Kia Mau Festival
30 May 2022
National, Wellington
Work type
Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Pasifika, Performing Arts, Toi Maori


Ka mihi ki ngā uri o te rohe nei, ratou e noho ana ki runga i te whenua o Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui! Nau mai, haramai! Nau mai, hoki mai ki a Kia Mau! 

Ko te reo Māori, kia mau is a call to hold fast. Kia Mau is about us all. Here. Now. Kia Mau Festival is a biennial, contemporary Māori, Pasifika and international Indigenous live and digital performance experience.

Created and led by tangata whenua and tangata Moana artists from Aotearoa, Kia Mau Festival is very proud to lead our inaugural Kia Mau Festival Production Skills Course. Taking place at Te Auaha in Te Whanganui-a-Tara in late July 2022, we are now sharing this kaupapa and calling out for expressions of interest.

Our first intake is for nga iwi Māori live performance practitioners, of various skill levels and experience. This inaugural training programme has been designed to benefit practitioners across the artforms of theatre, dance and live performance. This course is for directors, performers, writers, designers, producers, choreographers, technicians, arts administrators and more. By teaching foundational skills and using self-directed task-based exercises, the goal is to encourage practitioners to adapt these practices to suit the specific needs of the work they do.

Kia Mau is proudly led by Artistic Director and Chief Executive Hone Kouka (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu), Executive Director Mīria George (Tumutevarovaro, Enuamanu, Cook Islands; Ngāti Kearoa, Ngāti Tuara; Ngāti Awa) and General Manager Dolina Wehipeihana (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tukorehe). The Kia Mau Festival Production Skills Course is designed and delivered by Emily Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti), Natasha James, James Kearney and Will Harris. 

We invite Expressions of Interest to attend our inaugural Production Skills Course to be held at Te Auaha, Te Whanganui-a-Tara; Wellington. Our ideal applicants have some experience staging a show - this is about elevating your craft, not starting from scratch.


Removing Barriers

Our people are often excluded from opportunities to learn and grow our skills. We seek to remove some of the barriers that may hinder you from applying by doing the following:

  • All attendees will be paid a fee of $1000

  • Attendees from outside Te Whanganui-a-tara region will have travel, accommodation and per diems available to them

How to apply

Please email your artistic CV and a letter telling us why you would like to participate to Kia Mau Festival Communications and Marketing Manager Stevie Greeks (Ngāti Whatua Te Uri O Hau, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungungu) at by Monday, 30 May 2022.

Written by

Kia Mau Festival

16 May 2022

Ko te reo Māori, kia mau is a call to hold fast. Kia Mau is about us all. Here. Now. Kia Mau Festival is a contemporary Indigenous live performance experience that returns this year, June 2021 – to Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Maui.