Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Mutunga, Te Ati Awa
Anahera has contributed to the media industry in New Zealand and internationally for well over a decade. Her passion is in indigenous storytelling, contributing to the revitalisation of Maori customs and language through the projects she leads. She is a highly sought after professional having recently worked on a large scale feature documentary for Red Bull America, drama content for Netflix and a number of flagship local drama productions in New Zealand.
She is one of very few who can cross between multiple media disciplines and genres. Her passion for Te Reo and Tikanga Maori underpin her fundamental way of being, this contributes in a meaningful way to her work and life, helps to control and manage her interpersonal relations, and determines largely how she identifies herself.
Anahera enjoys creativity outside Film and Television, she was nominated for the NZ Best Design award in 2014 for her work across a large scale art exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. From the success of her work came an offer recently presented to her by Te Papa to sit on their Digital Panel as the lead external Producer.
Anahera is a true reflection of her genealogy she is both warm and endearing from Taranaki, and strong through her direct blood line to Te Rauparaha (composer of the famous haha ‘Ka Mate’).
She is currently in production across a Documentary that seeks to understand the influence of Hiphop culture on the Pacific, a narrative about identity and the commonality that all indigenous groups share through music, she is casting for a film, and overseeing a number of international formats.
Anahera is most comfortable at home with her great grandmother, 98, who raised her in te ao Maori.
TARYN BERI FROM AOTEAROA
Born in 1984, Taryn Beri (New Zealand) specializes in taa moko (cultural tattooing) and contemporary Māori painting. Her journey as a professional artist started in 2008 when she moved to Gisborne to study at Toihoukura Māori Art School where she learned for one year. Following that, she began an intense one-on-one taa moko apprenticeship on the East Coast of New Zealand with a tohunga (master/expert) cultural tattooer. For three years she learned the tikanga (protocols), culture, techniques, patterns and designs associated with the cultural practice of taa moko. In 2011, she also studied Matauranga Māori (traditional knowledge) for one year at Te Wananga o Raukawa.
JEROME KAVANAGH FROM AOTEAROA
Grammy award winning featured soloist and Māori musical instrument specialist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) hails from the Mokai Patea, Maniapoto, and Kahungunu tribes of Aotearoa, New Zealand, as well as the Caomhanach clan (Irish). He was first introduced to the sound of taonga pūoro at aged 16 by one of his aunties. A family owned koauau (Māori cross blown flute) was the first instrument he recalls learning to play. Maintaining his strong roots, Jerome has become part of a movement introducing Māori music, art and culture to the world. Over his career he has performed/recorded with artists from a variety of different genres which range from Hip Hop to Classical. His collaborations include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (U.K), Moana and the Tribe (N.Z), Daniel Beddingfeild, Hayley Westenra, Joler Gaan (Bangladesh), Kevin Mark Trail "The Streets" (U.K) and two times Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin (U.S.A).
TE AKAU TORIA FROM AOTEAROA
Te Akau belongs to the Ngati Huia and Ngati Raukawa tribes of the Otaki region of the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
She is a Te Reo Māori language revitalisation enthusiast, traditional song exponent, and modern day storyteller with a special interest in education, tribal history and matauranga Māori (traditional knowledge). She lives and works within her tribal community and is closely connected with her ancestral place of belonging.