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Whakapapa Workshops

Explore concepts of identity, whakapapa and citizenship in a kaupapa Māori environment.

creative experiences

Whakapapa Workshops are short creative experiences where learners can explore concepts of identity, whakapapa and citizenship in a kaupapa Māori environment.


Each session is facilitated by experienced mental health professionals and creative artists, such as director and registered mental health nurse Jim Moriarty MNZM, or playwright and psychologist Helen Pearse-Otene (PhD).

Using our unique Theatre Marae framework, participants go on a guided exploration either as individuals or as a group and are supported by a team of performance artists. 

The workshop is explorational, fun and strength-based around whatever each participant is willing to share. It is culturally and creatively affirming, and strengthens relationships of each individual and the group as a whole. 

'we made lots of discoveries about each other on the way - not least of all how we value information about each other.'

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Whakapapa Workshops can be catered to adults, rangatahi aged 12 to 24, or other groups as needed.

Workshops are hosted at your school, workplace or institute and accommodate up to 32 participants. The space required for a full group would be two classrooms or meeting rooms, or a single large space such as a hall or gym.

Each workshop runs for four hours, and is priced between $45 and $60* per participant depending on the age, experience and requirements of your roopu. *Special rates may be available for school and other community groups so please get in touch to find out more and to discuss options.

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