Māori and Pacific Dance tutors

Tuaine Robati ONZM, MEd, BA, DipTeach, DipTESL

Senior Lecturer and Artistic Director

Tuaine has been involved in various fields of Education since 1972, and has taught at all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary. He has been a member of various boards, including Creative New Zealand, Ministry of Education Languages Expert Panel, Chair of Ministry of Education Cook Islands Māori Language Curriculum, Advisory Council to Minister of Pacific Islands Affairs, Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation Scholarship Board.

In his time at Whitireia, Tuaine has been Tour Manager of the Performing Arts at international festivals every year since 1994; and adjudicated at various Cook Islands dance competitions including the ASB Secondary Schools Festival. He is currently an adviser/consultant for Ministry of Education and Cook Islands Liaison Advisor for Whitireia

In 2013, Tuaine received the honour of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


Andy Gogo Tilo, BAppA (Performing Arts)

Manono-Tai, Luatuānu’u, Savaia-Tai, Lefaga, Hamilton, Wellington
Lecturer, Contemporary Dance

Andy is a graduate of the Whitireia degree programme. On completion of his studies, Andy danced with the internationally renowned Black Grace Dance company lead by Neil Ieremia.

As the choreographer and principal dancer for Le Moana 2015, Andy created 1918 which premiered in Wellington and was then remounted for follow-up seasons at the Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland and at the National University of Sāmoa. 1918 was most recently presented in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as part of Le Moana’s Australian tour and at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, receiving rave reviews, winning the critic’s choice award and also the top box office award for the Spreckles Theater. Andy also features as Rocko in Le Moana’s production of Purple Onion and was a lead dancer in the Fatu Na Toto collaboration with the Melbourne Samoan Choir during Le Moana’s Australian tour.


Krystal Clarke

Māori Performing Arts tutor

Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts) Whitireia.

Krystal’s passion for Māori Performing Arts began when she was at primary and continued through high school, where she had her first professional Kapa Haka experience. For this year’s Te Matatini, her role was ‘Kaihaka’ for Ngā Taonga mai Tawhiti and she was fortunate enough to have earned a spot to represent Te Whanganui-a-Tara at the 2019 Nationals.

At Te Auaha she teaches Māori Performing Arts including basic technique and history classes around waiata, haka, takahi, wiri, toroparawae, poi, mau rakau to name a few. She also teaches tikanga. This includes learning about powhiri processes, which Atua are present in certain domains, research and presentations on specific Māori events in Aotearoa which have helped shape the Māori Performing Arts, the origins and categories behind each item in a Kapa Haka bracket.

Her passion lies in the development and growth of each one of her students, not only the Arts industry, but in any area of the workforce.  She has the ability to understand every part of every movement and break it down in a way that all types of learners can understand.

She think’s Te Auaha is a unique place to study, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with multiple disciplines, providing students with opportunities that they would not usually have in their own line of work. Third year students can network with one another to develop their major projects (Body of Work) producing enriched work.

Krystal’s students learn that performing arts is more than just song and dance. It becomes a lifestyle for serious artists.

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