Talofa Lava, Kia Ora, Malo e lelei!
We are MANU, a project-based Pacific dance collective that is
aimed at giving tertiary dance students of Māori and Pacific
descent the opportunity to: network and collaborate with each
other, learn from one another, and explore their cultural heritage
through Pacific-inspired contemporary movement.
We are a kaupapa and dance group underpinned by indigenous
Pacific and Māori morals such as family, collectivity, love and
After a successful trip last year to the 'Macau International
Youth Dance Festival', China (MIYDF), we have been formally invited
back in July 2019 alongside over 600 dancers from over 20 countries
Also within July 2019, MANU Project has been given the
opportunity to represent New Zealand and the Pacific at the 'Asia
Pacific Dance Festival', Hawai'i (APDF). Being fortunate to bring
to life New Zealand contemporary professional
dancers/choreographers Eddie Elliott and Bianca Hyslop artistic
visions, we will be taking two separate teams in July 2019 to
perform in Macau and Hawai'i.
This years team of 29 talented performers and emerging artists
are current and/or dance graduates of The University of Auckland,
Unitec Institute of Technology, Whitireia, the New Zealand School
of Dance and the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts within
Aotearoa New Zealand, and the National Aboriginal Islander Skills
Development Association in Australia.
How you can help:
As our performers are current students and/or recent graduates,
we have developed this campaign as a final stage of our fundraising
and we need YOUR help!
We are seeking a target of $2,500 financial support to
contribute towards the expenses of both our Macau and Hawai'i
performers' transportation, travel insurance and emergency
With both trips estimating a combined cost of $20,000 (excluding
flights), any money raised over our target will be hugely beneficai
We sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this and for
your constant support, we could not do this without you!
We are so excited to represent our families, friends and country
at these two international festivals!
Fa'afetai tele lava, Ngā Mihi, Malo 'auptio,
Our MANU family...
Director: Xavier Breed
Co-directors and leadership team: Jasmin 'Ofamo'oni, Deanna
Westerlund and Lila Fepuleai
Guest choreographers: Bianca Hyslop, Eddie Elliott and Laifa
Tuākana: Jade Whaanga
Cassandra De La Croix