Pacific dance residency
Tuaine-Nurse Tamarua Robati is the 2014 Pacific Dance artist in residence.
The residency, which runs for two months, was made possible by a collaboration between Pacific Dance New Zealand, Dance Aotearoa NZ, Pataka and Creative New Zealand, plus the support of the Porirua Cook Islands Association
Robati’s residency was launched by Cook Islands High Commissioner Tekaotiki Matapo at Pataka late last month.
The Pacific Dance arts residency is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and is in its fifth year.
Tuaine is focusing his residency on teaching high school students from the Porirua area.
He will mentor several young apprentices – Julien Lameka Nehemia (Meka), Te Hau Winitana and George Teinakore George, graduates of Whitireia and previously tutored by Tuaine.