Te Ao o Te Pukeko

Nau mai haere mai ki te Ao o te Pūkeko kei raro i te maunga o Taratahi; i waenganui i ngā awa o Mangatarere me Waingawa. E mohiotia ana tenei rohe ko Taratahi ki te hauauru.
Welcome to Te Ao o Te Pūkeko here under the mountain Taratahi between the Mangatarere and Waingawa rivers. This area is known as West Taratahi and it is where we have lived for some 29 years. 
While we have shaped the landscape the whenua is still shaping us. We have enjoyed seeing the trees grow and hearing the birdsong in the morning and the rustling of leaves at night, but that shaping has meant the place no longer appeals to Pūkeko and we have not heard their cry at night for some years. 
 The wairua here seems to rise to the surface of the whenua and many people feel its presence. As avid readers and writers, we enjoy meeting other creative people and offering an artist in residence allows us to share this place and support the projects people bring. 
Given our closeness to the ngahere of Taratahi, the small awa on this place and nearby rivers and our passion for taiao and our environmental activism over the years, we hope this residency appeals to someone exploring their engagement with taiao. 
In conjunction with NZ Pacific Studio, we are offering a fully supported residency for tangata whenua who want a space and place to reflect on their Toi Māori. 
Ngā mihi
Gaye and Michael 
NZ Pacific Studio Artists’ Residency Programme of Wairarapa welcomes applications 
This 2-week Residency provides a creative person with the necessary time and space for sustained work, creativity and exploration. 
For tangata whenua, based in Aotearoa or abroad, at any stage of their creative ‘careers’.
The Dates of the Residency are 2 weeks between 13th and 30th April 2023.
With thanks to generous sponsors from the Wairarapa community, the Te Ao o Te Pukeko residency offers 
--2 weeks of accommodation in a Wairarapa cottage
--An opportunity to give a public performance / reading / workshop
--Local transportation support to/from Wairarapa train/bus station
--While the residency is self-catering, all kai is provided  
--Project management support
--A stipend
As part of the Residency, it is requested that an activity with the community be carried out, such as a performance/exhibition/workshop. This will likely be in collaboration with Hurunuiorangi Marae. 
Note that travel and any visa costs are not included.
Apply by e-mail.
Subject heading: "2023 Te Ao o Te Pukeko Residency" with your name
Send your e-mail to NZ Pacific Studio (
with the following in ONE DOCUMENT (eg Word or PDF), with your name and Te Ao o Te Pukeko as the filename -- please keep the file size under 1mb.
1. A short biography (under 100 words) 
2. A description of the project you will focus on during the residency, its objectives and inspirations, and why it is important to you.
3. A comment on how the residency would benefit you and extend your practice at this time. 
4. Please outline the community activity you would be prepared to offer. 
5. Please provide 2-3 samples of your creative work  - these can be links to work published online.
6. Two Referees – we will contact them if you are shortlisted. 
Application deadline: 31 January 2023, 5pm, NZT
Selection: Selection is based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project, and the degree to which both the artist and the local community will benefit.  We are looking for a deep sense of commitment to one’s creative practice, as well as the desire and ability to connect with a wider audience and community. 
Thank you for your interest in this residency.