Porowhita Songs

DATE: Saturday 11th March 2023, 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
VENUE:  Wakaaranga School, 18 Butley Drive, Farm Cove, Auckland


Sean will share songs created from the wisdom of whakatauki – Maori proverbs. Sean’s beautiful songs are perfect for those beginning their journey in Te Reo, but are equally enjoyed by competent Māori speakers for their rich musical content. These songs are simple enough in their raw form for young children, yet as each has been carefully crafted so it can be sung as a waiata raranga, or round, they provide challenge and enjoyment for older children and adults. They also offer rich opportunities for extensive music education through singing, interactive movement with gesture, NZSL and rākau, and are designed for learning and accompaniment with common classroom instruments such as ukulele, barred instruments and percussion, while also working well for specialist instruments. With all of his songs including English translations, these songs are positively powerful. Come join and create with us, interweaving voices, instruments, cultures and people, with the fun, versatility and beauty of Porowhita songs!

Sean O’Connor is of Ngāti Porou and Irish-Scottish pākeha descent. He grew up in Palmerston North and Te Tairāwhiti, in a milieu of Māori and pākeha cultures, then spent his early adulthood in Canterbury where he was educated as a teacher, performer and singer/songwriter, diving into Celtic music to add to his early Western pop influences. He immersed himself in harmony singing as a performer, arranger and choir leader, and brought round singing and whakataukī together in his Waldorf teacher education, synergizing languages, cultures, community singing and music education in this unique combination. This work has recently been finding its way into schools via Sean’s own music education and his school production “Waiata the Taniwha” and is soon to be part of a teacher education resource in collaboration with Poutokomanawa, supported by MENZA.

To register for this workshop:

Register your name and details online HERE. Then, use your own internet banking facility to make a direct deposit into the ONZA account at BNZ 02 0248 0073940 097
Reference: Your surname; Code: AK23Mar
Entering your surname means you will be registered, an email notice will be sent. Payment by Credit card is also available. A PDF invoice may be downloaded if necessary.

  •     ONZA Members  $40
  •     Non-members    $50
  •     registration includes morning tea

For inquiries email:  Jo Charman