TEAM & PURPOSE
team – RANGATAHI
Corban is experienced in web and app development and programming, using Java Script and C#. Corban is currently working on the MokoTube apps and his overall focus is on the development of new technologies and games. His strong suit is problem solving – where there is a solution there is Corban finding it. As an intermediate learner of Te Reo Māori, Corban also provides inspiration for rangatahi focussed apps and games being produced.
Creative Technologist, 23
Ngāti Awa, Ngāi te Rangi
Peter is a designer, creative, storyteller and concept artist and is currently working on conceptualisation and design across multiple projects. His overall focus is on game development. Peter is all about innovation and creation. Where there is an idea, storyline or wireframe to create, there is Peter bringing it to life. As an intermediate learner of Te Reo Māori, Peter also provides inspiration for rangatahi focussed apps and games being produced.
Video Editor / Te Reo Māori, 18
Taoi is our youngest rangatahi and stepped straight out of Te Wharekura o Ruatoki into a 2019 year of special projects that have revolved around video editing. Taoi is currently working on writing and producing an interactive video series for rangatahi. Taoi’s focus is Te Reo Māori and storytelling with a comic bent. Where there is dedication, diligence and a great sense of humour there is Taoi.
Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tuhoe
Alex takes care of illustration and animation and is currently working on the illustrations for three interactive books that have been funded under the Ministry of Education Aho Ngarahu fund.
Producer / Te Reo Māori
Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe
Mahina’s background is in iwi radio broadcasting and Matatini grade kapahaka. As a Māori language speaker her focus is the delivery and amplification of Te Reo Māori. Mahina is currently working on the coordination of MokoTube and linking YouTube content with the app. Plans for this year also include producing Māori language videos by tamariki for tamariki.
Music Producer, 22
Jinan is the musician and producer behind Waiata Mai 2, a 40 song Mā te Reo funded music-with-video series. Jinan works across multiple genres with a variety of instruments and can create produce anything from stripped back vocals to full band sound, to jingles and production music.
team – PAKEKE
Writer / Te Reo Māori
Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Te Whānau a Apanui
Kiri Hayward is the backbone of the song writing team for Waiata Mai. Her experience as a hands on Nani, her decades of experience in teaching, her skill in te reo Māori, her sense of humour, and her appreciation for fun, makes her invaluable as the lead writer on the Waiata Mai series.
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Wai
Maraea Davies background is in Māori language based TV production and iwi radio broadcasting. Maraea is an experienced producer and editor and handles the management and operational areas of design and production. Maraea’s four children – three of whom are under 11years old, provide inspiration for the tamariki focussed media that is produced.
RJ was one of the mid 90’s students of the Aotearoa Performing Arts School, and has spent the better part of the last 15 years teaching both kapahaka and ‘music and movement’. From this experience RJ wrote and produced Korikori Mai, an exciting follow-along music series that combines te reo Māori with elements of haka and music and movement. RJ is currently writing a fictional interactive book series based on the NZ land wars.
Business Director, Co-Director
Jarrod has amassed almost three decades of experience in radio broadcasting across both iwi and commercial radio and in all disciplines of the craft. He is the Executive Director of Māori Media Network, a board member for Te Whakaruruhau, and Chairman of the board for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Orini. His experience in business, sales and media is invaluable to Hei Tiki Creatives.
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.
So how do we purpose that belief? We make media that educates effortlessly, produce games that teach, write stories that sit in multiple dimensions and make music that elevates the mind. We look for ways to innovate, that we might best serve Māori language learners in any given moment of the changing times. And we aspire to influence feelings of belonging and greatness.
The resources and media we make are aimed at tamariki from ECE through to college, and their families. We also keep teachers in mind when we produce. We know how heavy their workload is and if we can lighten that load by making tweaks in production, we will.
tHE FAMILY TRADE
There are three things it is fair to say about Hei Tiki Creatives. The first, is that we are a family business. The second is that our core management and vision is provided by women. The third is that education is the family trade and we are happy to be consciously applying our efforts as creators in this field.
Company co-founder RJ and I are sisters and while RJ loves haka and singing and I love making media and music, actually we come from a family of teachers. Our grandmother Rangi Koopu attended Queen Victoria School in the 1930’s before training to be a teacher. She went on to spend the next five decades in teaching and six of her children including our mother Kiri, also became educators. While we might have sworn off teaching after our exposure as youth to the hard work involved, it seems that the need to educate couldn’t be overcome. And here we are today.
RJ and I grew up with books, board games, singalongs and what on reflection was probably a privileged upbringing amongst our immediate and extended whānau. It is likely the values and lessons of this upbringing claim expression in our work. Certainly we love what we do and produce.
– Maraea Davies Co-director
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