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Ko nga pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko nga pae tata, whakamaua kia tina


The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today


Atamira Dance Company presents

KAHA – Tripleboost


KAHA – Tripleboost offers audiences three ways to connect with Atamira. Esteemed dance visionary Sean MacDonald leads the charge opening the stage presentation with a solo performance, STILL, painting a self-portrait through physical movement. This is followed by KAHA - five short premiere dance pieces, episodic in nature, by emerging Māori choreographic and dance collaborators. Meanwhile downstairs in Vault, over 2 sessions from 6-7pm, limited audiences can immerse themselves in the world of the celebrated dance work TOMO for an all-new Virtual Reality film experience.

Laying at the heart of KAHA is the precious relationship between teina and tuakana. Renowned dance luminaries Jack Gray (Atamira Artistic Director), Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn (Assistant directors) guide choreographic artists Caleb Heke, Oli Mathiesen, Dana Moore-Mudgway, Abbie Rogers and Sherrick Martin (Atamira Debut) in their work with collaborating performers Cory-Toalei Roycroft and Mad Tumataroa. The aroha and respect for both generations of artists make for stunning and innovative contemporary dance performances.


  • 26th May - 29th May

  • Ngāhuru Wānanga was held at Opanuku Studio, Corban Estate Arts Centre on 26-29 April 2022, the culmination of two creative development processes HOU ONLINE 2021 and HOU ONLINE 2022. Throughout the pandemic, Atamira Dance company members and associated artists developed conceptual research based on emergent interests, practices and perspectives of themselves, their view of Te Ao Māori during these very special times. Both projects led to the sharing of an online exhibition on Atamira social platforms.

5 Selected choreographers led a workshop during the Ngāhuru Wānanga (second in the series of four held seasonally over the year) based on their choreographic thinking and research explorations to share ways of moving and thinking with the company collective. Artists were encouraged by their mentor Artistic Director Jack Gray to find their unique blueprint for making Indigenous work, and the week was supported by the outside eye of tuakana dance artist, Sean MacDonald.

HOU is the precursor to our next stage of development: KAHA. Stay tuned for updates!


  • Abbie Rogers (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa)
  • Sherrick Martin (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto)
  • Caleb Heke (Ngāpuhi)
  • Oli Mathiesen (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi)
  • Dana Moore-Mudgway (Te Atiawa Rangitane, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga)


Zoom Atamira Dance Company into your akomanga or whare to experience Atamira's dance whakapapa and the strengths of indigenous-inspired thinking.

Facilitated by two Atamira dance artists, TOPA MAI expands students’ exposure to Mātauranga Māori concepts and creative dance practice via digital engagement with Aotearoa’s leading Māori contemporary dance company.


  • Jack Gray (Artistic Director)
  • Abbie Rogers (Education Leader, Atamira dancer)
  • Caleb Heke (Atamira dancer)
  • Sherrick Martin (Atamira dancer)

SENIOR (Year 11 - 13)

Dance upon the Atamira: This workshop offers a unique opportunity to experience and learn from the company’s celebrated 22-year dance whakapapa of choreographic repertoire. Tailored to support specific Achievement Standards - performance, choreography or a general workshop that is a combination of both.

JUNIOR (Year 7 - 10)

Dive into Te Wheke: Students will journey into the world of Te Wheke (the Octopus), Atamira’s newest full-length work, exploring ideas from the show through movement, dance and storytelling.