We launched the first Waiata Mai series in early 2015 with the help of Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, Mā Te Reo and whānau in Ngāti Awa.
The series is bilingual, focusses on typical preschool activity and uses ‘everyday language’. The series was made for tamariki to watch via You Tube, as part of a frequently repeated playlist. We have uploaded all the videos to You Tube and have made them freely available for downloading.
This year we are producing Kanikani, an action based series, and will be extending on the rerenga kōrero based series Waiata Mai. We will also produce both bilingual AND te reo Māori only versions of both series – we recognise that there are minimal electronic and digital media based resources for kōhanga and kura kaupapa.
The series – which prefers a Mataatua rohe based dialect, was made in the Eastern Bay of Plenty with the help of kōhanga, kura, whānau and individuals. Thank you to everyone who supported the project.
Hei Tiki Creatives
Directed by RJ Kerswell and Maraea Davies (Ngāti Awa, Whatatōhea, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Wai).
It is our belief that learning should be fun and should promote the development of individual and collective genius. It is our belief that te reo Māori together with the version of NZ history that incorporates the Māori perspective should be accessible to all tamariki. It is our belief that self awareness, self knowledge and strong sense of identity allows our tamariki – and us all – to grow more fully and effectively into our potential as effective contributors within the fields of our interests, within our communities. These beliefs form part of the modus operandi of Hei Tiki Creatives.
Writer, media producer, music director. 2003 South Seas Film & Television School graduate majoring in producing, directing and research with 10 years experience in TV production and 10 years experience in radio broadcasting.
Music producer, vocalist, live performer, guitarist, band member.
1996 – Trained in performing arts at Aotearoa Performing Arts, performed for concert groups, kapahaka teacher.
Music & Education
We are sisters who grew up in Edgecumbe closely surrounded by extended family, educators and musicians. Our grandmother was a teacher and six of her eight children became educators as well. It seems that as hard as we tried to avoid education as a career path, we were destined to arrive there anyway. When my second child was born in 2008 YouTube was in its early years and there were very few educational Māori language based videos for kids. Because my life’s work is in Māori media it made sense that I start creating videos that my son and other whānau could use and learn from. That period essentially marks the beginning of our journey into creating Māori language media for tamariki and whānau.
The music is something else. Music was everywhere as we grew up and I think it is fair to say we probably could not live without it. Our father’s father spent his life in bands as a piano player and keyboardist. He is an incredible rag and boogie-woogie player. Our mother’s father was a piano player as well and his piano remained in our nan’s home for many years after he passed. I believe guitar parties, Māori music and kapahaka is par for the course in life growing up in provincial NZ as part of a Māori whānau. It certainly was our norm and I guess ignited the passion we share for music and its composition, performance and broadcast.
Skip to 2016 and we are producing music and educational resources with one iwi number 1 radio hit, one Silver scrolls finalist and a bilingual music video series as a few of the achievements between us. We each have four children.
- Maraea Davies
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