“Te Auaha is going to be amazing for the future of Wellington, for creative professionals in New Zealand and the next Peter Jackson or Gaylene Preston or Taika Waititi,” says musician and composer Barnaby Weir.
The lead singer of The Black Seeds is very much looking forward to the opening of Te Auaha.
“It’s a fantastic idea having all the professionals in one spot so everyone learns from each other. It sets up a really great environment to learn real world skills,” he says.
“Architecturally, it’s getting away from an earlier style model to a more modern example of a hub. It’s really exciting and it’s going to be great for Wellington.”
Barnaby has previously headlined Whitireia Music degree students in the Music programme’s end-of-year concerts, playing his own material, working with students and helping co-produce the show.
Barnaby has been lead singer of The Black Seeds, a musical group rooted in reggae, since its formation almost twenty years ago. He has also been involved with Fly My Pretties and other collaborative projects, as well as producing his own solo work.