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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


  • 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 Awara)
  • 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)