Whiringa ā Rangi – Monthly Update

Whiringa ā Rangi – Monthly Update

Growing a festival from a creative vision to a contemporary Indigenous reality is an ongoing journey. To this day, we have traversed mountains, rivers and oceans. We have crossed the grounds of new relationships, all the while pursuing the reality of an artist-led, Indigenous-led contemporary arts festival.

Many of you may have heard Hone Kouka share the origin story of Kia Mau. Briefly, it goes – Hone went door knocking, from theatre to theatre in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. He already held long relationships with these festivals, as an artist himself his own work presented in many of these theatre houses since the 90s. All theatres said yes, to which Mīria responded, Hone you’ve created a festival. Our origin story includes Tikapa, Hāpai, Tawata Production, Taki Rua, White Face Crew and the Modern Māori Quartet – as well as a budget of $5,000.

Since then, Kia Mau has continued to deepen its roots into the whenua of Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui and into the creative and cultural landscape of Aotearoa.