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Wāhine Toi Whakaata - A Panel Discussion

Wāhine Toi Whakaata - A Panel Discussion 2017

This event will look beyond limiting stereotypes, celebrate the mana of Māori women and acknowledge the many contributions Māori women have made in Aotearoa. Our evening will begin with kiriata: a selection of silent and sound film excerpts featuring early representation of wāhine Māori on screen and accompanied by Ariana Tikao and the group Te Haumanu with their live taonga puoro. The stage then set, our panel will lead the kōrero by reflecting on how the stereotypes of the past might continue to affect the representation of Māori women in the present, and how things might look in the future.

The panel will be chaired by Dr Arini Loader, from Victoria University of Wellington. Arini brings her experience and expertise in critically responding to texts and media, with an eye to the decolonisation of indigenous stories and privileging the voices of other Pacific writers, artists and scholars.

Award-winning actress and director, Nancy Brunning, is a star of the film and television industry of Aotearoa and has made a major contribution to the growth of Māori in the arts. Nancy has lived experience as a Māori woman ‘on screen’ and can speak from her years of experience.

Also on the panel is writer, producer and director, Mīria George. Mīria was the first Cook Islands artist to receive the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency at the University of Hawaii. Mīria’s writing has often challenged stereotypes of Māori and created space for new representations of Māori women in the theatre industry.

Rounding out our panel is Tamatha Paul, the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association equity representative. An engaged student activist, Tamatha is also involved in the Thursdays in Black movement. Tamatha has experience pushing for Māori women’s voices to be heard and prioritised in social justice groups and organisations, as well as in academic institutions.

This event is in support of the Wāhine: Beyond the Dusky Maiden exhibition at the Alexander Turnbull Library.