Horomona Horo

Horomona Horo

Kaiāwhina, Researcher, and Tutor

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

As Albert Einstein put it quite clearly, “Music is intelligence having fun”. Creativity brings to life the narrative of knowledge, the movement of colour, and the acceptance of challenges. Being a creative instigator brings many opportunities to the world around us, so if I can share my own experiences and knowledge to those willing to learn, I will take it with an open mind. “Ko tāu rourou, ko tāku rourou, ka ora te iwi”, “With your knowledge, with my knowledge, our people will learn”.

What do you love about your area?

Music brings to life what words cannot and explains its process through vibration and frequency, so who wouldn’t love that? Creative arts brings expression in a most unique and innovative way that no other practice can achieve, but at the same time allows everything around it to blossom and grow. That’s why I love music; that’s why I love creative arts.

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have been involved in and around creative arts for well over 20 years as a performer, musician, dancer, poet, public speaker, and ambassador for many varying Māori creative arts. I specialise in the practice of Taonga Puoro (Traditional Māori Musical Instruments) but have also contributed to many other creative expressions, like Taonga Tākaro/Traditional Māori Games, Traditional Māori Karetao/Traditional Puppetry, Te Whare Tapere, amongst other things.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

I continue to grow in my practice, in composition, recording, creating wānanga, and perform on a regular occasion around the country and the world. My family are my biggest inspiration, as they bring me back to earth, and help me realise who I am, why I do what I do, and my humanistic limitations, hahaha. Collaborative projects also keep me inspired to expand and reach out to new places and learning and interweaving my cultural foundations with my imagination.

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