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Kahurangi NZ Maori Dance Theatre: Maori Performing Arts Apprenticeship

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Fri 22 Mar 2019, 12:00 am


Mon 15 Apr 2019, 05:00 pm






About the business

The Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre was at the forefront of the renaissance of Māori Performing Arts. Formed in the early 1980's by Tama Huata and a team who shared his vision to present Māori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner, our touring teams have traveled the world promoting cultural understanding, and inviting audiences to participate in their programmes.

Kahurangi is a New Zealand treasure with extraordinary vitality, passion, strength and athleticism. They have thrilled audiences with their unique blend of Māori song, dance and heritage. The Company employs outstanding young Maori performers and graduates of the Takitimu Performing Arts School, (the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to offer a degree course in there traditional Māori performing arts).

Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu will provide educational support for this programme as part of the training perspective. 


Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu

A centre for excellence in the arts, Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu assist people of all backgrounds to achieve their potential and contribute positively to societal needs and changes with pride, confidence, and commitment.  It has established itself in one of the leading innovators in traditional Maori performing arts training.  Founded in 1983 by Tama Huata with the support of a dynamic team, Takitimu has been the pioneer in this emerging field.  It was the first to offer performing arts training through government employment programmes in 1984 and then went on to establish the first training modules in music, sound engineering, and arts administration.  In 1995 Takitimu was the first institution to offer a degree in Maori Performing Arts.


About the role

Kahurangi Apprenticeship Programme is a 2 year Apprenticeship training & employment programme, supported by Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu and Kahurangi NZ Maori Dance Theatre. The Apprenticeship programme will provide training and financial support to successful candidates. 

Benefits and perks

All Apprentices will receive two years training within the Maori Performing Arts field at Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu and will receive a full-time apprenticeship by Kahurangi NZ Maori Dance Company as part of the Kahurangi Apprenticeship programme. All Apprentices will have the opportunity to travel extensively alongside the Kahurangi Dance Ensemble nationally and internationally and on cruise ships.


Skills and experience


  • Basic Experience and skills of Maori Performing Arts essential.
  • Basic Knowledge of Maori language and values essential.
  • Good communication skills essential.
  • Good presentation essential.
  • Interpersonal skills both oral and written essential.
  • Able to follow instructions.
  • Basic Maori Performing Arts experience.


  • An understanding and appreciation of the Performing Arts Industry.
  • An understanding and appreciation of cultural issues.
  • An understanding and appreciation of local marae protocol.
  • An ability to relate to a wide variety of people and cultures.
  • An ability to relate to people of all ages.
  • An ability to prioritise.
  • An ability to cope with pressure.
  • An ability to work unsupervised.
  • A willingness to learn new skills for the industry
  • Be open to experiencing new opportunities within the arts industry



The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?


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