Maaka Pepene is a dancer/choreographer of Tūhoe Potiki, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Awa ancestry who has performed with leading NZ companies including Atamira Dance Company, Touch Compass, Auckland Dance Company, Black Grace, Taiao Dance Theatre and Pacific Sisters.
Maaka has choreographed, directed and performed for theatre, film, music and television in Taiwan, Australia, the U.S.A and throughout Aotearoa. A brief chronology of his choreographic works include Brass Poppies, The Whale Rider Stage Production, Tatau Rangi, Te Wero Interdigitate, Ether, A Quick Look at Sound, Light and Time, The Māori Merchant of Venice and Maui Pōtiki.
Maaka’s debut full length work ‘Memoirs of Active Service’ was named the NZ Listeners 'Best New Work by an Emerging Choreographer' in 2006, with Maaka also acknowledged as an outstanding performer in the 'Best Male Dancer' category in 2007.
Maaka’s last work for Atamira, 'Te Houhi - The People and the Land are One' was crafted in 2011 using dance, original music, video and narrative to connect vital elements of his Tūhoe lineage whilst paying respect to both the people and the land of Ngāti Haka Patuheuheu