Te Tahi o Pipiri – Unveiling He Toi Puaki

Kia Mau Festival, is taking a much needed step forward with its innovative new initiative, He Toi Puaki. This commissioning program marks a significant evolution in our commitment to nurturing indigenous voices and fostering homegrown talent amongst our arts whānau her in Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui.

He Toi Puaki embodies the essence of its name by serving as a platform for emerging artists to blossom from seeds of creativity into fully realised productions. This commissioning opportunity, is set to redefine the landscape of indigenous performance art in Aotearoa.

At its core, He Toi Puaki seeks to provide selected artists with the essential resources and support needed to cultivate their artistic visions into compelling stage productions. Through initial commissioning, linking up the right people, and vital funding assistance, the program aims to empower artists to transform their raw concepts into stage ready new New Zealand works.

Among the inaugural recipients of the He Toi Puaki commission are Emma Katene, Issac Martyn, and the dynamic partnership known as CONJAH, forged between Jahra Wasasala and Ooshcon. Each artist brings a unique perspective and creative flair to the table, promising a diverse array of artistic expressions that will captivate audiences and enrich the cultural tapestry of Aotearoa.