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Festival of the Elements® - Performers

We are thrilled to have a variety of performers at the 2017 Festival again - musicians, dancers, poets, authors, artists - something for everyone. 

Headline Acts

For information about our Headline Acts, please go to our Headliners page.

Thank you to all our performers - please go to our Programme page for the full list of performers.

Pataka Performers/Programme


Ranea is a multi-talented recording artist and composer in both Māori & English. ‘Tihei Mauri Ora’ is Ranea’s long awaited debut album released on 25th January 2015. Hailing from Rātana Pā, Ranea is a passionate performer and adept on a variety of musical instruments, including trombone, harmonica, keyboard and guitar.

Ranea has co-written, recorded and released songs with groups such as Southside of Bombay & the top five hit ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ which achieved gold sales status, and featured in the world famous film ‘Once Were Warriors’…

>> Listen to Ranea's latest album

Te Kahureremoa

Te Kahureremoa Taumata is a storyteller, and musician from Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Tuwharetoa.

With her kete full of magic tricks, her storytelling style weaves together old school stories with a new school flow, that invites you into Te Whare Tapere.

As well as being part of the Spoken Word, she is also performing in the Spine at Pataka in the Festival this year.


Rangimarie Sophie Jolley

An artist and writer of Waikato-Tainui decent, hailing from Porirua. As a published author, active poet and founding member of the Toi Wāhine Collective, Sophie’s dedication to the liberation of expression is a clear indication of her passion. She has relished the opportunity to host facilitative storytelling sessions and undertake poetry readings, engaging a wider audience in the arts.

As a mother, her passions lie in helping children find their affinity with the world of imagination through both the written word and the telling of stories. Her passion lies with stirring the emotions of all that enjoy her works.


Te Kahu Rolleston

Is a spoken word poet. He comes from the Iwi of Ngaiterangi in the Tauranga region. He uses spoken word poetry as a way of educating people, raising discussion about issues and communicating his thoughts and feelings. Te Kahu works at Community Law on the services to Maori team. He is passionate about Te Ao Maori, youth work and advocating for silenced voices and justice.


The Hope Gene

The Hope Gene is a Wellington based duo that puts their own acoustic twist on popular music.

Playing in the Spine at Pataka at the Festival this year, this acoustic Duo do some cool things with pop music and the favorites!


>> Listen to some Hope Gene demos on Soundcloud

Glenn Colquhoun

Glenn Colquhoun is a doctor, poet and children's writer. His first poetry collection, The Art of Walking Upright, won Best First Book of Poetry at the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2003 he won the Poetry Category and also became the first poet to be awarded the coveted Montana Readers' Choice Award.

He has written several children’s books and has been the convener of the New Zealand Post Book Awards. In 2004, Colquhoun was the recipient of the Prize in Modern Letters. 

In 2010 Colquhoun received a Fulbright scholarship to research medical storytelling programmes and he participated in the Transit of Venus poetry exchange with fellow writers from Germany and New Zealand as part of the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair.

In 2012, Jumping Ship & Other Essays was published. Comprised of essays and poems which focus on the relationship between Pakeha and Maori medical practice, the book also includes pieces of oration.

>>  Read more about Glenn

Let's Talk Treaty Panel speakers include:

Meremine Auelua
Meremine is an experienced senior advisor with a demonstrsted history of working in the government sector.  She is currently a senior analyst for the office of treaty settlements. Meremine has extensive experience in areas including; progressing treay settlements for iwi and hapu groups, Samoan representitive and advisor for Wellington city council, Senior policy analyst and treaty relations for the ministry of education, and as a policy anaylst for the Ministry of justcie.

Pala Molisa
Pala is a FRST (Foundation for Research Science and Technology) funded researcher in the area of sustainability assessment using social accounting technologies. Pala's research interests include examining the relationships between accounting and society drawing on literatures from critical theory, sustainability, and accountability. “It’s about trying to come up with alternative reporting systems, so you’re looking at things like social or environmental impacts, instead of just financial figures. It’s about questioning the status quo.”

Jennie Smeaton - Ngāti Toa
Jennie currently works for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on nationally significant proposals.  Prior to the EPA Jennie was at Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira working predominantly in the resource management, fisheries and treaty settlement space.  Jennie worked alongside the Ngati Toa negotations team pre and post settlement and has been an iwi representative on a number regional and national committees and forums in the resource management and fisheries space.

Jen Maragaret
Jen is Pākehā, of Cornish, Scottish, Danish and German ancestry. Raised near Leeston on the Canterbury Plains, in the rohe of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Jen was a late learner about the Treaty of Waitangi, first engaging with it at university in the 1990s. Since then, she’s been active in Treaty education and has been fortunate to have been guided in this work by many inspiring Māori and Pākehā people. Jen is a knowledgeable and skilled facilitator who enjoys working with individuals and organisations to deepen understanding and application of the Treaty. A recipient of Winston Churchill and Loxley Fellowships, Jen has researched the work of non-indigenous allies in North America, Australia and Aotearoa. The findings are published in her book Working as allies: supporters of indigenous justice reflect (2013). In 2016 she produced Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti: Community organisations engaging with the Treaty of Waitangi .

Te Ariki (Rick) Wineera – Ngāti Toa
Te Ariki Wi Neera is of Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Koata, Nga Puhi and Ngati Pahauwera descent. He grew up in the Pa at Takapuwahia and has served on governance and directorship roles for Ngati Toa Rangatira. He was the Ngati Toa Rangatira Runanga representative for the Treaty negotiations over several years. He currently works as Pou Whakamanawa Maori at Whitireia Polytechnic and is passionate about iwi development.

Te Rauparaha Park Stage Performers

Thank you to all our performers - please go to our Programme page for the full list of performers.

The Kerry School of Irish Dancing

Irish Dancing is an energetic style of dance where students will learn and experience enjoyment through learning traditional Irish dances. Irish Dancing teaches self-discipline, improves coordination, increases fitness and builds self confidence in a positive environment.

The Kerry School of Irish Dancing has had many successes at regional, national and international competitions.  Dancers competed at the Australian International Oireachtas and the North American Nationals in 2016 with great results.  Dancers from the school return again to the 2017 Festival of the Elements, appearing on the main stage.

The Kerry School of Irish Dancing is one of New Zealand most prestigious Irish Dancing Schools.  Our aim is to develop every child who enters the door into the best dancer that they can be as they become captivated by the Irish music, dance and culture. We offer classes from preschool through to championship level. Classes are held in Porirua City and Lower Hutt City. 

Te Rauparaha Arena Performers

Thank you to all our performers - please go to our Programme page for the full list of performers.

String Bean Puppets

String Bean Puppets is a small Wellington puppet company dedicated to sharing the wonder of puppetry. Its performances can be seen in the streets, at local festivals and at the Harbour Side Market most fine Sundays.

The String Bean Puppets will perform throughout the day at the 2017 Festival of the elements on the Arena stage.

They will also perform shows for schools, kindergartens, birthday parties or any other occasion that might require a puppet show!!