Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho : Taonga Pūoro Showcase Exhibition

Date Monday 11 February - Friday 5 April 2019
Where Calder & Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Contact Cerys Davidson
Contact email
Admission Cost Free
Opening Event:

5:30pm Friday 8 February 2019

Gallery Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Public Programme:

10am-3pm Wednesday 13 Feb, Te Whare Tāpere Iti, Artist Collaboration Day
6pm Fri 15 Feb, Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Performance (koha entry)
11am-4pm Sat 16 Feb, Te Whare Tāpere Iti, Taonga Puroro Showcase Open Day

Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho: Taonga Puoro Showcase will present visual and performance art, workshops and presentations inspired and informed by the practice of traditional Māori instruments, taonga puoro. This showcase reflects on the journey of the revival of taonga puoro, from the early days of the Haumanu Collective with pioneers such as Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns, & Brian Flintoff, to the more recent developments and utilisation of taonga puoro in contemporary artworks.

The Calder & Lawson Gallery will present the Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho: Taonga Puoro Showcase Exhibition, which will feature some of the University of Waikato’s taonga puoro collection alongside contemporary artworks from the University Art Collection and individual artists. It will offer a snapshot of artists working with images, forms, design, music, or concepts related to taonga puoro. Supporting the exhibition is a public program outlined below.

An Artist Collaboration Day will take place on Wednesday 13 February; it will be an opportunity for artists to get together, talk, brainstorm and collaborate.

On the evening of Friday 15 February a special taonga puoro Performance/Showcase event featuring international practitioner performers James Thornton Webster, Horomona Horo and Warren Warbrick. Also including Paddy Free and local artists Jeremy Mayall, Waimihi Hotere and Noel Kaa Reid and more. It will be a performance of a variety of accomplished taonga puoro players and musicians. There will be a koha entry on the door.

Throughout Saturday 16February, there will be a Taonga Puoro Showcase Open Day featuring workshops, presentations and performances taking place in Te Whare Tāpere Iti within the Academy including:

  • Karetao by James Webster
  • ‘How to play’ by Hinewirangi Kohu
  • Taonga Puoro playing, collaboration techniques, sounds and history presentations by Horomona Horo
  • Discussion Panel ‘Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho/My Language, My Awakening’ on Taonga Puoro today and into the future, featuring all artists in attendance

Works exhibited by: Alistair Fraser, Ben Woollen, Bernard Makoare, Brian Flintoff, Clem Mellish, Hinewirangi Kohu, Hirini Melbourne, Hiwirori Maynard, Horomona Horo, Israel Birch, James Webster, Jeremy Mayall, Jo’el Komene, Karl Leonard, Lewis Gardiner, RgShaw, Rangi Kipa, Rangiiria Hedley, Regan Balzer, Richard Nunns, Sebastian Lowe, Todd Couper, Warren Warbrick and Will Ngakuru.

Curated by: Regan Balzer


Cerys Davidson (Art Collection Curator)
Regan Balzer (Exhibition Curator)