For the past few years WestREAP ran Ukulele Waiata in Hokitika & Greymouth with Tutor Makaira Waugh. Makaira (Te Ātiawa) is a Māori arts specialist kaiako, artist and poet whose passion is empowering students’ creativity and hauora through the arts, especially music.
Along with teaching in Kura Kaupapa Māori and Kōhanga Reo, this dedication has led him to create sound gardens for kura, develop teaching resources, and deliver wānanga for kaiako around the motu, supporting them further through networking hui and mentoring programmes.
He led the first Māori immersion classes within Orff levels training courses in 2018, and in January 2020 spent his first overseas trip teaching music and movement as language revitalisation tools in far flung indigenous communities in México.
While music is often the vehicle for his work, the real aim is for young and old to connect with wairua and explore their own creativity and expression through the arts and beyond, learning to manage this sustainably to follow their dreams and create their own futures.
Mouri tū mouri ora, mouri puāwai ki te ao!
WestREAP was privileged to have a tutor of Makaira's calibre and evaluations from previous participants in his Ukulele Waiata classes have been overwhelmingly positive. Currently Makaira is busy with other work but we are open to building a register of interest for this course so we can invite Makaira back in 2022. Register your interest anytime by contacting our office.