About the Mentor
Composer, practitioner and cross-genre collaborator, Horomona Horo is a master of the traditional instruments of the Maori, taonga puoro. Mentored by tohunga of taonga puoro - the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns - over the past decade he has led the exploration of the instruments from a Maori perspective within a diverse range of cultural and musical forms.
Horomona is in high demand in Aotearoa and around the world as a performer, composer and mentor. His many collaborations include our own Moana and the Tribe and many orchestral, opera, choral and cross-cultural performances. He also works extensively with youth and as a museum consultant.
Based in the Waikato, Horomona is a real taonga of our programme!
Teacher Meriana Smith from One Tree Hill College said
"Keep on keeping on Matua Horomona; you are such an inspirational person who has so much knowledge, and the point of fact that you are willing to pass on this knowledge to our rangatahi is hugely important. A very humbling man who has passion, skill and drive to his line of mahi. He touched more than one students' way of thinking and has inspired them to continue exploring what the world has to offer."