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Sat, 27 Aug


UXBRIDGE: Arts & Culture

SW4CA Workshop #19 Songwriting & Kaitiakitanga w. Jean Yern

An introduction to some Te Ao Māori concepts as an inspiration for songwriting and connecting to our environment.

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SW4CA Workshop #19  Songwriting & Kaitiakitanga  w. Jean Yern
SW4CA Workshop #19  Songwriting & Kaitiakitanga  w. Jean Yern

Time & Location

27 Aug 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

UXBRIDGE: Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland 2014, New Zealand


About the event

Holding Space are proud to present Workshop #19 for the Songwriters 4 Climate Action Project with a focus on unpacking some Te Ao Māori concepts like Kaitiakiatanga, Whanaungatanga and Manaakitanga and how we might expand our songwriting process and deepen our connections from these points of view. 

With Special Guest / Workshop Host. Jean Yern (Tainui, Waikato, Ngāti Tamaoho) has been a teacher of music, Māori arts and culture for many years. She is currently based in Mangatangi raising her young family and has a background in Jazz; drumming for bands such as Trinity Roots, Olmecha Supreme, Charlie Ash and on TV commercials.

"I believe Te Ao Māori is a bridge, connecting an individuals sense of belonging, identity to the land and its community. Purpose and understanding of tangata whenua in Aotearoa is important and can too be a bridge for connection." 

Join us at Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre in the Green Room for conversations, learning, songwriting exercises and sharing. Let us know if you can come along. Saturday 27th August. 11am - 1pm.

This event is sponsored by Howick Local Board.


Songwriters 4 Climate Action is a Project intended to bring together community-based performers through a series of workshops and activities; to help support and inspire them to develop songs, artwork and start conversations that highlight the challenges and hopes for climate action. Our aim is to work towards live performances and record songs / creative content (to a professional standard) that we can share on multiple platforms to help spread awareness and positivity around low carbon climate action. This Project has expanded to promote the collaboration and response of artists to the work of Kaitianga, Practitioners and other experts active in the Climate Field. Through this process we hope to support dialogue and connection between many communities and learn a thing or two along the way.

Special thanks to Waitematā Local Board and Waitematā Low Carbon Network for funding the recording and release of this album.

Parts of this project are supported by Waitematā Local Board, Waitematā Low Carbon Network, Puketāpapa Local Board, Puketāpapa Low Carbon Network, Grey Lynn 2030 and Albert/Eden Local Board.

About us.

Holding Space Aotearoa Charitable Trust is an Arts Organisation with a focus on community projects and audience engagement; events, open mics and workshops. We create opportunities & content for creatives and worthy causes in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland NZ.

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