NUKU is a movement made by and for Indigenous women - ma hine, mo hine, kia hine!
Following sold out events in 2019 and 2020, NUKU Live is back for Elemental AKL 2021 with a brand-new format - the 'Atua Series'.
Celebrating Atua Wāhine (female Māori gods), there are three events over three days where Indigenous knowledge and practices, specifically for wāhine, will be shared. The events are inspired by Papatuanuku, Hine-Te-Iwaiwa and Hinemoana.
Hinemoana, the inspiration behind this event, is the atua of the vast ocean, that which connects us all.
Participants will be encouraged to centre themselves, with a focus on creativity and orangatanga (overall health and wellness) while harnessing the energies of the moana.
Facilitated by Julia Mage'au Gray of Sunameke, wāhine will work with their taha tinana (bodies), taha hinengaro (minds), taha wairua (spirits) and taha whānau (collective wellbeing), using dance and laughter.
At this workshop, you will learn movements from different parts of Oceania - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia - connecting women from across the vast Pacific Ocean and reconnecting with both ancient practices and your own self.
To conclude the Nesian dance workshop, Qiane Matata-Sipu will share an introduction to whakapurenga and cleansing, using the healing energy of the moana.
Suitable for all levels of expertise, the workshop will proceed regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly.
NUKU events are open to all women, including those who identify as wāhine, trans or non-binary.