Tutors and facilitators’ profiles - ngā kaiako

Our facilitators include prominent members of the local community and visiting facilitators. 

 Among them are:

Jerome Kavanagh

Blessing people with the gift of Taonga Puoro is Jerome Kavanagh’s calling.

The Grammy-award winning performer uses traditional Maori musical instruments and also teaches children how they are made. Mr Kavanagh (Ngāti Kahungunu/Tainui/Maniapoto) is a regular Eastbay REAP touring performer.

“Taonga Puoro is a great vehicle for Māori kids to feel proud about the music that links them to the land and the sea.”

Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre

Kahurangi is a New Zealand treasure with extraordinary vitality, passion, strength and athleticism. They have thrilled audiences with their unique blend of Maori song, dance and heritage. The company employs outstanding young Maori performers and graduates of the Takitimu Performing Arts School, (the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to offer a degree course in traditional Maori performing arts) who reflect the energy of Ngati Kahungunu, carrying the listener on a journey of discovery and celebration.

Robin and Toni Christie

A passion for early childhood education is what drives Robin and Toni Christie.
The husband and wife team, who are former ECE teachers, founded the Childspace Early Learning Centres and subsequently the Childspace Early Childhood Institute in Wellington, New Zealand http://www.childspace.co.nz.  They are authors, hold annual conferences, design and build environments for children and publish a quarterly magazine and provide professional development opportunities. Their careers have seen them visit Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Denmark, Germany, Fiji, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Scotland, India, Singapore and the United States.

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

Spreading awareness about brain development is Nathan Mikaere-Wallis’s gift.
The former university lecturer inspires audiences with his engaging, well researched delivery that appeals to parents and professionals alike. Mr Mikaere-Wallis is a presenter and board of trustee member for the Brainwave Trust.http://www.brainwave.org.nz/about-us/our-people/presenters/nathan-mikaere-wallis/.He is also a father and has a background in early childhood education, child counselling and foster parenting.

Greg Malcolm

Greg Malcolm is a talented guitarist and musician who has composed, performed and recorded music for children, films, theatre and is featured on many CD’s. He provides a fantastic opportunity for children to be involved in music, encouraging them to be imaginative and creative thinkers. Greg Malcolm worked at the Christchurch City Libraries delivering Weekly Story Time as well as performing concerts for children with the Such and Such Family Band. He has been musical director for children's shows and school productions. Greg frequently tours New Zealand and has performed solo at art festivals throughout the world.

Toro Pikopiko Puppets

Jeffery Addison and Whaitaima Te Whare are dynamic performers and education specialists in Action Learning Activities. As Toro Pikopiko Puppets they have been creating and touring Maori themed puppet shows since 1995. Their partnership, Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education & Entertainment has developed a numeracy activity called 'Numba Haka' and a foundation literacy activity called  'Letter Heads'. Jeffery Addison (Kai Tahu) and Whaitaima Te Whare (Ngati Tuwharetoa) have twenty years live theatre, radio and television production experience. They perform regularly to children and education professionals, nationally and internationally. Currently touring - 2014: 'Apo the Greedy Taniwha' 2015- Nga Ra a Maui- featuring the fabulous Flatso Whanau of puppets.

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