Okareka Dance Company present their new production Tama Ma, at the Maidment Theatre, June 24th – 28th 2009.

Tama Ma features two of New Zealand’s most acclaimed contemporary dancers Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal. Tama Ma premiered at Tempo Dance Festival in 2008 to sell out crowds and rave reviews. Now due to popular demand they are taking their award winning show to audiences all around New Zealand.

Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal performed for Ka Mau te Wehi – conversations in Maori dance on its opening night and I can unhesitatingly recommened that you make a point of going to their show.



Okareka Dance Company is a vibrant contemporary New Zealand dance company formed in 2007 and led by Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal with the aim to fuse contemporary dance with other creative art mediums.

The essence of Okareka Dance Company is guided by Maori beliefs, these beliefs – Mana (Honour and Integrity), Whanau (Family) and Matataki (Challenge) are brought to its work and to its audiences.


Moana Nepia talking with Lyn Freeman, Arts on Sunday, National Radio, 7 June 2009

Visit the exhibition

St Paul St Gallery, AUT

40 St Paul St, Level One, WM Building

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm Saturday 12 pm – 4 pm

Curator Moana Nepia will appear on National Radio with Lynn Freeman to talk about the show at 10:50 am this coming Sunday the 7th of June.


The opening began with a beautiful and powerful performance by Tai Royal and Taane Mete


Then Welby Ings, Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design welcomed us and introduced the curator Moana Nepia.


Moana Nepia spoke about his the show and thanked all the people who helped him make it happen.



Later in the evening Tru Paraha and Nancy Wijohn performed in response to the works.



Photographs taken by Clinton Cardozo

The exhibition has come together over the last few days and is looking great.

Lisa Reihana’s 1991 video weaving work Tauira, Louise Potiki Bryant’s 2003 Whakaruruhau – he mihi ki Araiteuru are projected on a large scale along with a work by Rachel Rakena and another work by Moana Nepia, Maungauika Trilogy (2008). Opposite is a selection of amazing archival footage from between 1901 and 1946.

The Hocken Collections at the University of Otage specially photographed a beautiful lithograph for us which look spectacular at 2.2 metres. Lithograph after Joseph Jenner MERRETT, Maori Feast at Remuera (c. 1844) The New-Zealand Festival, 1845, Day & Haghe, London. Hobart Town, Van Diemans Land, Published by Samuel August Tegg, Acc. 12,229, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Thirty eight images from the archival to the contemporary have been hung and provide a wide reaching picture of the integral role of dance in life, reinforced by a documentary on Maori dance created by curator Moana Nepia.

We are very excited about the performances tonight. They will take place throughout the evening from 6pm onwards. The exhibition opens at 5:30 with drinks and nibbles.

With over 40 images ranging from the 1800’s to 2009 included in the exhibition curating them has been a mamouth task for Moana Nepia and his team. The first day of installation was focussed on the images. In the photos are Moata McNamara Mitai-Ngatai, Minarapa Mikaere Mitai-Ngatai, Peggy Nepia, Melissa Laing and Moana Nepia.







All Floor Talks will take place in Gallery Two Level 1 WM Building, 40 St Paul St, Auckland

Thursday 11 June 12:00 pm
Natalie Robertson, lecturer, photographer, AUT University and Alex Monteith, lecturer, photographer and video artist, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

Tuesday 16 June 12:00 pm
Moata McNamara Mitai-Ngatai, performer and PhD candidate in Art and Design AUT and Tru Paraha, choreographer and dancer.

Saturday 20 June 12:30 pm
Moana Nepia, curator, performer and lecturer in Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec.

Other presenters will include John B Turner, senior lecturer and photographer, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland; Charles Koroneho, lecturer and performance artist, Unitec; Stephen Bradshaw, choreographer and arts administrator; and Atamira Dance Collective.