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Te Rina Armitt
Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi

Ngā Mana Whakairo A Toi, Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts

Background Summary:

I’m in my last year of study for a Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts at the Tāmaki site. These years have opened up my mind to a whole new world of performing, a new way of expressing our stories. Our Māori stories, our myths and legends, right through to contemporary stories. The academic requirements are right up there, but it’s also very performance based. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways. As well as traditional kapa haka, we are stretching the boundaries with contemporary concepts. It’s cutting edge. There’s a feeling that something very new is being developed here, a whole new realm in Māori performing arts. I’m hooked. A lot of physical conditioning is needed, because performance can be a huge challenge for the body. You need to be fit just to be able to sing at the top of your lungs as well as move. It’s quite strenuous. We’ve been up at 6am running and doing cardio training. It’s not compulsory, but if you’re a clever performer, you’ll be there