Warren Warbrick is Tohunga Whakairo Rangitāne ki Manawatū. He is
a freelance Māori musician, artist, oral artist and musical
instrument maker. Warren is honoured to be a lifetime member of Toi
Iho, one of approx. 100 living Māori artists, and the inaugural
Rangitāne Arts Award recipient.
Warren is also an acknowledged bridge between cultures.
Out of the blue, Warren has been invited to participate in the
28th Annual Medellín International Poetry Festival in Colombia in
July. One of only two artists from Oceania, Warren will join with
45 other poets and artists from across the world for the week-long
Past New Zealand participants of the festival include CK Stead
and Apirana Taylor.
Warren is working on a two-year project to fully understand the
double pūtōrino - there are only three known historic examples in
the world, one of which is at Te Papa. Warren is including his own
collection of his work-in-progress double pūtōrino in his
concurrent arts practice and will be taking one with him to
Medellín. You can see a news story and images of Warren in his
studio with a double pūtōrino
Being invited to participate in an international festival is a
wonderful opportunity for Warren to connect with artists considered
tohunga in their own communities. He looks forward to sharing his
experiences on returning home.
We are seeking your support for Warren's international flights
across the pacific, between Aotearoa New Zealand and South America.
The airfare is $2800.
If we exceed the project target, your support will be directed
towards other travel expenses:
Domestic flights: $249
Travel insurance: $203
Land transfers: $100
Boosted fee: $280
The festival hosts Warren in Medellín for the duration of the
Other avenues for funding we have tried:
The Creative Communities Scheme only supports arts activities
taking place within our city's boundaries and, at this stage,
Rangitāne can only provide support in the way of educational
scholarships for secondary/tertiary study i.e. not international
- Creative NZ funding for participating in international literary
festivals preferences published writers. Warren's application was
unsuccessful with this fund.
- Creative NZ's Quick Response dates are incompatible with the
timing of the festival, so Warren is unable to apply to that
This is Warren's first Boosted campaign. Thank you very much for
considering support for A Tohunga at the Medellín International
Poetry Festival, Colombia.
* page image courtesy of Murray Wilson/Manawatū Standard.