top of page

Sun, 02 Oct


MoveSpace, Mt Eden

SW4CA Workshop #20 Pepeha, Ancestors & Me w. Jean Yern

Learn and develop your own Pepeha and join us for a discussion around the importance of knowing our ancestors and that can enrich our songwriting and perspectives.

Registration is closed
See other events
SW4CA Workshop #20 Pepeha, Ancestors & Me w. Jean Yern
SW4CA Workshop #20 Pepeha, Ancestors & Me w. Jean Yern

Time & Location

02 Oct 2022, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

MoveSpace, Mt Eden, 473 Dominion Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

About the event

This event is proudly part of the Auckland Climate Festival 2022 running from 1 - 31 October.

Join Holding Space and the Songwriters 4 Climate Action Project with guest speaker: Jean Yern as we explore how to write a pepeha. A pepeha is an introduction of ourselves in te reo Māori and incorporates our ancestry and history; sharing our connections with the people and places that are important to us. We will also discuss the power of knowing one's ancestors and how that can affect our perspectives and feed into our songwriting.

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."

In this workshop we will look at different popular Pepeha templates made available on the internet and unpack them to find our own sense of belonging and identity within Pepeha.

*Limited numbers. To RSVP please email: or click RSVP in this website event.*

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.

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.

Special thanks to  Albert/Eden Local Board for supporting this event.

Parts of the SW4CA project are supported by Waitematā Local Board, Waitematā Low Carbon Network, Puketāpapa Local Board, Puketāpapa Low Carbon Network and Grey Lynn 2030.

Share this event

bottom of page