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Waiata
  • Saturdays, to
    10:00 am - 01:00 pm
$10
Ebony Rose Andrew, Bray Jeffrey
TAPAC class

One of the best ways to learn te reo is through waiata! Join vocal powerhouse Ebony Andrew (Ngāti Maniapoto) and guitarist Bray Jeffrey (Ngāti Naho) in this fun workshop for anyone wanting to learn, embrace or begin their reo Māori journey through waiata...

Tutor Ebony speaks of the purpose of the workshop, saying "We will learn some popular Māori waiata that will help you learn some of the foundations of kaupapa Māori; help you decolonise yourself; and will make you feel more confident in a kaupapa Māori situation . All while having a lot of fun singing some beautiful reo Māori classics. Anyone and everyone is welcome!"

In 2022, we celebrate many things for Māori - 50 years since the Māori Language Petition was presented to Parliament, 40 years of Kohanga Reo, 40 years of Te Karere, and 50 years of Te Matatini.

This waiata workshop aims to continue the legacy of waiata, inspire, excite and provide more access to the language and culture to everyone and anyone. It will celebrate and encourage the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Plus, who doesn't love a good sing?

All are welcome to join our safe space to learn and explore waiata.

Lead tutor: Ebony Rose Andrew

Accompanied by Bray Jeffrey

Teaching artist

Ebony Andrew TAPAC

Ebony Rose Andrew

Ebony Andrew descends from Ngāti Maniapoto, Ireland and Scotland and was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her love for classical singing was ignited when she travelled to Germany in 2015 to compete in The European Choir Games. The desire to make a career for herself in performance was encouraged after she was one of the very few individuals in New Zealand to be awarded with an Outstanding Scholarship in Drama in 2016. Recently, Ebony graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice, and a Bachelor of Commerce. In Addition, Ebony trained as an actor with Auckland based theatre company, Massive Company from 2015-2019 in their emerging artists training programme.

Teaching artist

Brayden Jeffrey TAPAC

Bray Jeffrey

Bray is a skilled and prolific songwriter and composer who has written and recorded for television (Odds and Ends), theatre (Schlunted, The Downs and Ups of Peep and Squeak) and radio (Navvy, Treenurse, Lucky Boy). Bray is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in tutoring piano, keyboard and guitar as well as vocals and songwriting at TAPAC, Auckland University and numerous schools across Auckland. They love working with youth to help them become better musicians, writers and performers.