Power to the pūoro (music)

A live taonga pūoro

  taonga pūoromusical instrumentsMāori | Noun
 performance with musician Jerome Kavanagh and an interactive pūoro experience for tamariki

  tamarikichildrenMāori | Noun
and rangatahi

  rangatahiyoung adultsMāori | Noun
 followed by making your own clay pūoro. 

  • When | Āhea Sat 10 Jul 2021, 10.30am–12.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Bring the tamariki to see and hear a collection of over 40 individual and diverse taonga pūoro instruments played by Jerome Kavanagh. From the nguru, a whaletooth nose flute, pōrutu pounamu (greenstone long flute), pūtātara shell trumpets, to the majestic kōauau toroa – the royal albatross wing-bone flute.

Share in the sounds and stories of these ancient instruments gifted by our ancestors to these lands, including a singalong experience for your school and community to create a magical atmosphere and an unforgettable learning experience for all.

Everyone will also get to touch and explore the collection, the textures, patterned carvings, and symbols. Jerome’s personal collection of taonga pūoro has been passed down, or carved by himself and many tohunga whakairo

  tohunga whakairomaster carversMāori
over the years.

Pūoro: Making and playing workshop

After the performance everyone will have the opportunity to make their own taonga pūoro with clay and learn basic techniques of playing a taonga pūoro and kōauau.

A man holding a long wooden musical instrument up to his mouth and blowing through it


Toi Tuku Iho – Celebrating Māori art, 2020. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa (158623)