Postponed to Early 2022

He Hononga

Connecting Within and Across


Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga

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Menza Conference 2021


We have regretfully decided that the MENZA conference which was to be held in Tauranga in October this year will be postponed until early 2022.

Further Information and Details can be found here:

2021 Conference Update

He Hononga: Connecting Within and Across

This year’s MENZA conference has an overarching theme of hauora where the potential of music education to support wellbeing and health will be shared and collaboratively explored.

Over the three days there will be opportunities to learn about how we can connect within ourselves through music to support wellbeing and with each other across our different sectors, subject disciplines (considering music as a means to connect across the curriculum), and across Māori and Pākeha perspectives on music education.

This year the central day of the conference, Puawaiata, will be a tangata whenua led day where indigenous music pedagogy will be centralised and explored in a generative, biculturally collaborative, space. Keynote presentations and workshops will cover music and movement, taonga puoro, purakau through music and movement, and singer-songwriting, with offerings for all sectors: Early childhood, primary, intermediate, and secondary.There will also be an opportunity at the end of this second day for Māori music educators and artists to connect with each other at a networking hui, as a way of recognising the importance of self-determining spaces for Māori to enable indigenous music/arts pedagogy to thrive in Aotearoa.

This year, the conference will be held at Tauranga Boys College in Tauranga. Watch this space for more information soon. For Further Information about the Conference contact: admin@menza.co.nz

Tauranga Boys College

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Speakers

DR JEREMY MAYALL

DR JEREMY MAYALL

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is a composer, performer, artist, and researcher from Hamilton, NZ. His work is primarily in music, sound art, installation and multimedia formats, with a focus on exploring his fascination in the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. Collaboration is at the core of much of his multi-sensory work, and projects have included work with musicians, dancers, poets, aerial silks performers, theatre practitioners, scientists, perfumers, bakers, authors, sculptors, filmmakers, pyrotechnicians, lighting designers and visual artists.

He is also the CEO of Creative Waikato In this role, he is leading the Creative Waikato team as they support artists and arts organisations to make sure the Waikato thrives with prospers with diverse and transformative creative activity. Outside of this role, he is a composer, performer, producer and artist, as well as being a researcher and sometime postgraduate supervisor in the School of Media Arts.

DR ANITA COLLINS

DR ANITA COLLINS

Dr Anita Collins is the founder of Bigger Better Brains and an advocate for understanding how music learning can benefit every child’s development. Anita is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognised for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student.

Since 2016, Anita has travelled around the world to interview over 100 neuroscientists and psychologists about music learning and brain development, known as neuromusical research. Anita now uses the research to present, consult and advocate for an updated understanding of how music learning can benefit every child’s development.

Anita’s work first came to prominence when she wrote the script for the highly successful TEDEd video, How playing an instrument benefits your brain, followed by her TEDx Talk, What if every child had music education from birth? Anita is best known to Australian’s for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018.

RUBY SOLLY

RUBY SOLLY

Kai Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha. Ruby Solly is a Kai Tahu musician, taonga puoro practitioner, music therapist and writer living in Wellington. She has played with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Whirimako Black, Trinity Roots, and The New Zealand String Quartet as both a cellist, and a player of traditional Māori instruments (ngā taonga puoro). She has also worked as a session musician and recording artist. In 2019 she completed a Masters thesis in the therapeutic potential of taonga puoro in mental health based music therapy, while working in schools, hospitals, prisons and with private clients from iwi around the motu. She also has experience as a composer with pieces commissioned by the New Zealand School of Music in association with SOUNZ, as well as in film work in association with Someday Stories, and the Goethe Institute with Wellington Film Society. Ruby is also a published poet and has been published in journals associated with many of New Zealand’s universities.

KAWITI WAETFORD

KAWITI WAETFORD

Raised on the beautiful Tutukaka Coast of Northland New Zealand, Kawiti is now a multi-talented opera singer, performer and public speaker. As an alumnus of Otago University, Kawiti was mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and has performed with her nationally and internationally.
Kawiti graduated with a Masters Degree in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice, under acclaimed Welsh tenor, Dennis O’Neill, and studied with renowned American vocal pedagogue, Sherman Lowe, in Venice, Italy.
He has an extensive background in New Zealand Maori Performing Arts. Kawiti performed for Their Royal Highnesses Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Henry of Wales and attended Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. In 2011 he attended the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di bel canto where he worked with both Dame Kiri and Sir Thomas Allen. Kawiti was a finalist in the New Zealand Lexus Song Quest in 2012 and was awarded the inaugural Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship, and was the beneficiary of the prestigious Ngarimu VC & Maori Battalion Scholarship.

WARREN MAXWELL

WARREN MAXWELL

Warren Maxwell is a senior lecturer in the new Bachelor of Commercial Music degree offered at Massey University. Warren has made a significant contribution to music both in New Zealand and internationally as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and a driving force behind many musical projects.
Born in Auckland of Tuhoe, Kahungunu, Ngai Te Rangi, and Scottish ancestry Warren started playing guitar aged 6 years, and started joining and forming bands from intermediate school. After studying Jazz at the School of Music at Massey University, he formed a dub reggae trio ‘Trinity Roots’ with some of his co-alumni, and joined soul/funk band ‘Fat Freddy’s Drop’: two of New Zealand’s best loved bands. Warren continues to perform with Trinity Roots on lead vocals and guitar, and he is the leader of psychedelic blues quartet Little Bushman. Both bands tour extensively nationally and internationally to great acclaim.

In his illustrious music career he: has a number of Platinum albums to his name; was winner of the Best Musician at the bNet Music Awards; nominated for a Silver Scroll Award; been involved with theatre sound design and scoring for numerous short films and for various other musical projects; with ‘Little Bushmen’ he has collaborated with both the APO and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in concert; and he was one of five inaugural recipients of an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2006.

CHRIS O’CONNOR

CHRIS O’CONNOR

Chris has played drums in bands since his teenage years, and has made a living as a professional musician performing, recording, composing and teaching in a dizzying array of settings. He studied Jazz at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music (AdvDIpJazz 1993-1996), and Ethnomusicology at VUW (DipArts 2000). Chris has had music therapy in his sights since first encountering it while living in the UK in 2003, and is currently studying towards his Masters of Music Therapy at VUW.

Collaborating with people in music has always been Chris’ passion, and this has led him to working in a diverse range of musical contexts. An experienced touring musician, he has travelled the country and the globe. As a recording artist, Chris appears on over 50 albums, as well as documentary and film soundtracks. As a composer, Chris has collaborated with film-makers, choreographers and theatre directors.

Chris is a passionate educator, maintaining a private practice as well as having held artist-tutor positions at Auckland University, Unitec, Massey University, and Victoria University of Wellington. Chris lives in Auckland with his partner and two children, and is relishing the new horizons music therapy and the work at RMTC is opening up for his musical practice.

Speakers

Schedule

MENZA Conference 2021

11th - 13th Oct

Registration on Arrival at the Conference will be available Sunday Evening 10th Oct and Morning of Monday 11th Oct.


Monday

  • 8:00am Registration
  • 9:00 Mihi Whakatau and Welcome
  • 9:30am Morning Tea
  • 10:00am Keynote
  • 11:00am Workshop
  • 12:30pm Lunch, trade and performance
  • 1:30pm Workshop
  • 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3:30pm Workshop
  • 5pm Trade Table Networking

Tuesday

  • 8:00am Registration
  • 8:30am Kapa Haka Hau kainga
  • 9.30am Morning Tea
  • 10:00am Keynote
  • 11:00am Workshop
  • 12:30pm Lunch and trade and performances
  • 1:30pm Workshop
  • 3:00pm Afternoon tea
  • 3:30pm Workshop 5
  • 5pm Networking and trade tables
  • 6:30pm Conference Dinner

Wednesday

  • 8:00am Registration
  • 9:00am Keynote
  • 10:00am Morning Tea
  • 10:30am Workshop
  • 12:00pm lunch and trade and performances
  • 1:00pm Workshop
  • 2:30pm Poroporoaki
  • 3.00pm Conference close
Schedule