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Announcing Reo Māori SongHubs

Story Published Friday 16 July 2021
Reo Maori SongHubs

We're delighted to announce that applications are now open for our new Reo Māori SongHubs Program 2021, and will close at 5pm on Friday 30 July.


When: Sunday 26 September until Friday 1 October 2021
Where: Roundhead Studios in Tāmaki Makaurau
What: Reo Māori SongHubs is a collaborative songwriting wānanga presented by APRA AMCOS with the generous support of Te Māngai Pāho. Reo Māori SongHubs brings together experts in music creation and waiata reo Māori to collaborate with a mixture of our best and brightest songwriters, artists and producers.

How SongHubs works:

Reo Māori SongHubs is a week long song-writing program to be held at Roundhead Studios in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Each day our music curator, Bic Runga (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine) and reo curator Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) will assign you to a different group to write a song with. This group will consist of a 'lead' songwriter (for whom you're writing a song), a mātanga reo/language consultant, a producer/engineer, and one other songwriter. These groups will each inhabit a separate studio space for the day.

Each songwriter will get the opportunity to be a 'lead' songwriter at least once, and will work with different producers and mātanga reo across the week.

We are offering the following positions for Reo Māori SongHubs 2021

  • 4 producers/engineers
  • 8 songwriters

Travel, accommodation and meals will be provided.

Please read the eligibility criteria and fill out the application by 5pm on Friday 30 July to be considered for one of these positions.

Introducing our Music Curator and Reo Curator

Bic Runga (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine) is one of Aotearoa's most treasured songwriters. Bic has received the APRA Silver Scroll, been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. She's also won the most Tui Awards by any individual (twenty - including winning Best Producer three times) and collaborated on a wide range of different projects, including Opossom, King Sweeties, and participated in SongHubs Sphere and the inaugural Reo Māori SongHubs.

Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been a teacher of te reo Māori for over 60 years, including as a Professor at the University of Waikato, and as co-founder and Executive Director of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori, the Institute of Excellence in Māori Language. Sir Tīmoti was appointed the inaugural Māori Language Commissioner in 1987,and is an award-winning author of books about the language, waiata and haka. Most recently he has translated contemporary songs into Māori as well as collaborating to write new material.

Reo Māori SongHubs 2021 is proudly supported by: